Penne ala Vodka by Me
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 tblspn vodka
Half Pint of heavy cream
Jar of tomato sauce
5-6 slices bacon
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Box of penne
Add olive oil & minced garlic in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir often. When oil is hot, add the vodka. Make sure the garlic isn’t turning brown. If it is, the heat is too high. Continue stirring. Cook this for about 5 minutes until the alcohol cooks off. I whaff the pan to see if I still smell the alcohol.
When the alcohol smell is gone, add your heavy cream. Continue to cook this down. Watch the cream because it will start bubbling up over the top of your pan. Keep stirring until it has reduce to about 1/2.
Once that is ready, pour your tomato sauce in with your cream mixture. Add all the dried herbs into the sauce & incorporate. Cover & let it cook on low heat.
Boil water & add salt to a pot to cook your penne. Cook your pasta until al dente (about 10 minutes). Drain pasta & rinse with cool water to stop it from continuing to cook.
In a frying pan, cook your bacon until they are nice & crispy. Use a paper towel to remove excess oil. Chopped it up into tiny pieces. Add half fiercely into the sauce pan & mix.
I like to throw my pasta right into the sauce pot & mix it around. When I’m ready to serve, I like to sprinkle the remaining bacon on top to add an extra crunch.
I had leftover chicken so I added that on top for extra protein.