Rocco Dispirito's Penne Alla Vodka Recipe

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Submitted by beecee1963

Makes 8 servings



"The dirty little secret about Penne alla Vodka is not the vodka but the hefty amount of heavy cream. Vodka is colorless, odorless and without much flavor -- not really attributes of a superstar ingredient. It's the combination of cream and tomato sauce that gives this dish its signature flavor. The traditional cream is swapped here for low- fat Greek yogurt." -- Rocco DiSpirito

Recipe Ingredients for Rocco DiSpirito's Penne alla Vodka

8 ounces penne whole-wheat
1 pinch crushed red pepper
7 ounces Greek yogurt container 2%
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/8 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 large yellow onion, cut into small dice
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Crushed red pepper
14 ounces tomato puree can
1/8 cup water
1/8 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, small piece
1/2 leaf fresh basil large sprig

Recipe Directions for Rocco DiSpirito's Penne alla Vodka

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, about 9 minutes; drain.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, bring the marinara sauce and crushed red pepper to a simmer in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Cook the sauce, stirring it occasionally with a heat- resistant rubber spatula, until it is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove the saute pan from the heat.

  3. Stir about 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the yogurt until smooth (this tempers it and prevents the yogurt from curdling). Then whisk the yogurt mixture back into the marinara sauce.

  4. In a large serving bowl, toss the sauce with the drained penne and the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and serve.

  5. Healthy Tips:

  6. Whole-wheat pasta has a dense texture that makes it a little tougher than regular pasta. Some people like that chewiness; some don't. If you're in the latter category, overcook it a bit. Toward the end of the cooking time, keep testing it until it's as tender as you like it.

Categories

Pasta, Tomatoes, Main Dish, Side Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 121.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
173
Calories from Fat
23
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
2.5g
4%
Saturated Fat
1.1g
5%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
148mg
6%
Potassium
28mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates
29.0g
10%
Dietary Fiber
4.2g
17%
Sugars
1.3g
Protein
10.4g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 8% Iron 8%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
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