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PENNE WITH VODKA SAUCE


            8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
            3 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
            ¼ onion, finely chopped
            One 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
            ½ cup vodka (80 proof)
            ¾ cup heavy cream
            ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
            1/8 teaspoon white pepper
            ¼ cup sliced fresh basil
            1 cup fresh or frozen peas*
            Sea salt, if needed


Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Cook pasta as usual (al dente).

In a large saucepan, heat the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, add onions; after a few minutes add tomatoes and sauté briefly; then add vodka and continue stirring for about 2 minutes, add cream and slowly blend in cheese. Add peas and simmer until thickened. Stir in basil. Pour sauce on pasta and serve.

*Optional: fresh asparagus cut into 2 inch pieces.

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