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    A delicious yet simple pasta recipe from Rocco Dispirito. He says the recipe originates from Tuscany. While most Italian dishes use wine, the vodka leaves a unique tangy flavor.

    Ingredients
    Salt
    2 cups Marinara sauce
    1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
    1 pound penne
    1/4 cup of vodka (least expensive kind)
    1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
    1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes

    1. Put a big pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a handful of salt when it starts to simmer..

    2. In a sauce pot over a medium flame, heat up the marinara sauce, then slowly pour in the cream, stirring until uniform. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, then lower the heat if necessary, and simmer until it reduces slightly. Add the red pepper flakes.

    3. When the water comes to a boil, drop the penne in. When the pasta is almost done, pour the vodka into the sauce and raise the heat slightly. Drain the pasta reserving about half a cup of the cooking water. Toss the pasta into the sauce with the Parmigiano-Reggiano, adding a splash of the pasta water if the sauce is very thick. Sprinkle parsley on top and serve.

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