Penne alla Vodka {and a Tuttorosso Giveaway}

Penne alla VodkaJust a few years ago my sister gave me a cookbook from the elementary school my nephews go to that was compiled from the families of the school. The best thing is that I used to go to that school and now my 3 nephews go there. In all, I love that all of these family favorite recipes are available in a cute little book that was sold as a fundraiser.

penne alla vodka_01 penne alla vodka_02

I was browsing through it recently since I’m trying to make a point of using all of the cookbooks I have. A recipe for Penne alla Vodka jumped out at me and low and behold it was a recipe from my sister’s mother (my sister is actually my half-sister, if you haven’t realized that yet). It was funny how it all worked out.

penne alla vodka_03 penne alla vodka_04

The timing of all this could not be more perfect sinse Tuttorosso sent me some canned tomatoes to try as well as giveaway, more on that later. Tuttorosso, meaning “all red”, has been a primary staple in the pantries of discerning cooks since 1929. They produce more than 100 products in their lines of whole, crushed, sauce, pureed, diced canned tomatoes. Plsu they have a line of jarred pasta sauces. Anyone would prefer to use fresh tomatoes whenever possible but when they are not in season, or a good quality then you have to turned to a great quality of canned tomatoes. Shoot, these tomatoes are even great to use to compliment fresh in seaosn toamtoes in a sauce. I was so impressed with the flavor and consistancy of the crused tomatoes. When you open a can of their tomatoes the first things you notice are how vilbrant and fragrant they are.

penne alla vodka_05 penne alla vodka_06

The Penne alla Vodka was a huge success. I made a few changes to make it my own, like using panchetta instead of prosciutto, and increasing the amount of vodka. The starting point of a fantastic dish are great ingredients so from great crushed tomatoes to a good quailty vodka you will end up with a fantstic recipe. It is simple to whip up and makes for a great dinner to serve with some salad and garlic bread.

Penne alla Vodka

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4oz panchetta, diced
  • 28 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Process

  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and then add penne. Cook until al dente.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat,  add the oil, onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper.
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add the panchetta. Cook until golden brown.
  4. Add in the crushed tomatoes and turn the heat up to bring the sauce to a low boil. Add in the vodka and heavy cream and cook over high heat for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add the penne to coat the pasta.
  6. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese

____________________

And now the good stuff… the GIVEAWAY!

You can win your very one Tuttorosso package that includes 3 28-ounce cans of a variety of tomato products, pot holder, magnetic kitchen converstion chart, and recipes.

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling me how you would use a can of crushed or whole tomatoes.

Extra Entries:

Spread the word- Tweet: “I love tomatoes! I want to win a @RedGoldTomatoes gift pack from @iamahoneybee. http://wp.me/pzEAP-2XJCome back here and leave me ANOTHER comment telling me that you did.

Follow @RedGoldTomatoes on twitter OR like Tuttorosso Tomatoes on Facebook for updates and to stay connected. Come back here and leave me ANOTHER comment telling me that you did.

Contest Ends Friday the 21st at Midnight EST. Good luck but if you don’t win be sure to go to your local grocery store and pick up some Tuttorosso for your own home cooking.

Advertisements

About iamahoneybee

Mom to Autumn and Hunter, Wife to Price. Rabbit and Boston Terrier owner. Former Bostonian soaking up the Florida Sun. Home cook messing around with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You'll find me most often with my phone in hand wearing my uniform of a Tunic with leggings rocking some Sperry's. A bit of prep mixed with bourbon and a foul mouth.
This entry was posted in Cooking, Food and Drink and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Penne alla Vodka {and a Tuttorosso Giveaway}

  1. This sounds delicious, I use crushed tomatoes with peas, onions, and bacon and pasta. I make a dish where I sauté the onions and peas and then add in the crushed tomatoes and cooked bacon and off purse fresh garlic and other seasonings. It goes great with pasta and sometimes quiona. I use whole tomatoes in soups and sometimes stewed okra and onions. I am going to go find some Tuttorosso tomatoes now 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    Like

  2. mollyparr says:

    I would use the cans of tomatoes to make several batches of hearty vegetarian lasagna during these upcoming winter months.

    Like

  3. Amber Giesbrecht says:

    I would use a can of tomatoes to add to my spaghetti sauce. This is an awesome giveaway. 🙂

    Like

  4. Julie says:

    I would use a can in my pizza casserole thanks

    Like

  5. Julie says:

    like TT fb Julie A Scott Laws

    Like

  6. Lena says:

    Best use for a can of crushed tomatoes? Homemade Chicago deep-dish pizza, naturally!

    Like

  7. Lena says:

    And I follow / like both!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s