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Cat Cora’s Penne a la Vodka with Shrimp

Cat Cora’s Penne a la Vodka with Shrimp


1 pound penne

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 whole medium onion, chopped finely

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup vodka

One 14-ounce can tomato puree or tomato sauce

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Grated Parmesan, for serving 


1 pound of shrimp frozen, cooked, thawed shrimp

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon chopped fresh Oregano

Heat large pan with olive oil on high heat. Add shrimp to pan and sauté shrimp for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and oregano and toss. Add to Penne ala Vodka or serve hot on the side.



Cook the pasta according to package directions. Saute the garlic and onions in 2 tablespoons butter and the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until soft. Pour in the vodka, being careful if your stove has an open flame (remove the pan from the heat when adding) Cook and reduce for 2 to 3 minutes, then pour in the tomato sauce. Stir the mixture until it's thoroughly combined, then reduce the heat to low. Pour in the heavy cream. Stir to combine, then turn heat to the lowest simmer possible. Finally, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Pour the drained pasta into the sauce and toss to combine. Sprinkle on the Parmesan.


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