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Penne with Vodka Sauce

Penne with Vodka Sauce
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Our velvety tomato sauce is spiked with cubes of salty capicola and a few shots of vodka. Make it a Meal: Caesar salad and a glass of Pinot Noir will shine with this dish.

Prep: 20 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes
  • 12 ounces
    whole-wheat penne
  • 1 to 2 ounces
    capicola, or pancetta, finely diced
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 28-ounce can
    crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup
  • 2 teaspoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoons
    crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup
    chopped fresh basil
    freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne until just tender, 12 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook capicola (or pancetta) in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat; add onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add vodka and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced by about half, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, half-and-half, Worcestershire sauce and crushed red pepper to taste; reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with the capicola (or pancetta), basil and pepper.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings
  • Calories311
  • Fat3 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol9 mg
  • Carbohydrates47 g
    • Dietary fiber5 g
  • Protein11 g
  • Sodium264 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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