Vodka sauce has been a favorite of mine since Aunt Mary made it for the family years ago. Sadly I seldom think to make it. Hopefully, recording it here will help jog my memory when I get the hankering for a bowl of pasta.
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3/4 - 1 cup Vodka
1 (14 0z) can tomato puree (or homemade sauce)
1 cup heavy cream
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 t salt
ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, combine olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add in chopped onion and garlic. Stir and allow to cook for two minutes. Pour in vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add tomato puree and stir.
Just before serving, and on low heat, stir in cream. Allow to simmer, but not boil. Stir in pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Pour over one pound of penne pasta (or other largish pasta noodle) and liberally garnish with Parmesan cheese.