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Cheesy Pasta alla Vodka

Cheesy Pasta alla Vodka, just like the one you'd order at your favorite local Italian restaurant but BETTER because you made it at home!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 12 ounces favorite pasta shape
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • grated Parmigiano-Reggiano to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute more. Add the entire can of crushed tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In 1 batches, transfer the sauce to a blender and add the cream and vodka. Remove the center knob on the lid (to allow steam to escape) and place a towel over the lid to prevent splattering. Slowly (starting on the lowest setting and increasing every few seconds), blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Return to the saucepan and bring just to a boil over high heat to cook off the vodka. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, then add the pasta to the sauce with the shredded mozzarella. Stir to combine, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, adding some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to thin it out. (you might not need any of the reserved pasta water if you don't need to thin the sauce FYI). Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve immediately, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano (to taste).