Orecchiette alla Vodka

Orecchiette is a type of noodle, nothing fancy. This is a simple vodka sauce over noodles.

1/2 onion, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup of chopped up – whole tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon spicy pepper flakes

1/8 cup vodka, or substitute white wine

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/4 cup heavy cream

olive oil

1/2 box orecchiette pasta, cooked, 1/4 cup pasta water saved

Make the pasta. Save 1/4 Cup of the pasta water.

In a food processor, chop up the whole tomatoes and measure out one cup.

In a large pan, saute the onions and tomato paste in olive oil for about 10 minutes. After they soften, add the garlic and pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped whole tomatoes, cook on medium heat for a couple minutes to combine. Then add the alcohol. Allow to come to a boil and simmer off. Add the cream right at the end and cook for only a minute. If it’s too thick you can mix in the pasta water tablespoon by tablespoon until desired consistency.

Pour the sauce over the noodles and top with basil and shredded parmesan.

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