Shrimp Penne in a Light Vodka Sauce

servings: 6   

 calories: 350 

 prep time: 25 minutes 

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 1 box (16 ounces) penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

preparation instructions:

  1. Cook and drain the penne pasta.
  2. In a large pan heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and vodka to the large pan over low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir the cream into the tomato and vodka sauce.
  5. Turn heat down to low and let simmer until the sauce is heated through.
  6. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted.
  7. Blend in basil and parsley.
  8. While the sauce is simmering, cut the tails off of the shrimp and chop into bite–sized pieces.
  9. Add the chopped shrimp to the sauce.
  10. Give it a stir and add in salt and pepper.
  11. Add pasta to pan with the sauce, and toss to coat.

suggested side dishes:

  • Side salad
  • Garlic bread


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