Shrimp Penne alla Vodka


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Shrimp Penne alla Vodka

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    Did someone say vodka? We sure did! Did you know that vodka helps provide a cohesive texture to this sauce combining the creaminess with the tomato base? Vodka has been used in making sauces for years because it also does not impart flavors that may not be wanted in your sauce. Bon Appetit!

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 2
    2 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee salted butter
    ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
    1 clove(s) garlic, minced
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee crushed red pepper, plus additional for garnish
    ½ (26.45-oz.) bottle Gustare Vita tomato passata
    ¼ c. Row vodka
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee tomato paste
    ½ tsp. kosher salt
    ½ tsp. coarse-ground black pepper
    6 oz. Gustare Vita organic penne rigate pasta
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee heavy whipping cream
    ½ (1-lbs.) Hy-Vee Fish Market frozen shell-on, deveined raw shrimp (26 to 30 ct.), thawed, peeled, and tails removed
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
    Fresh basil, for garnish

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    • Large nonstick skillet


    1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; cook 1 minute.

    2. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in tomato passata and vodka. Return skillet to heat; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until reduced by one-fourth, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste, salt and black pepper. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes until reduced by about half, stirring occasionally.

    3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

    4. Stir heavy cream into tomato mixture. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels, add shrimp to sauce. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp reach 145 degrees. Stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and cooked pasta. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Garnish with basil and additional Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper, if desired.

    Nutrition facts


    860 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 40g
    • Cholesterol: 195mg
    • Sodium: 1160mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 71g
    • Protein: 33g

    Daily Values

    Iron 20%
    Calcium 20%
    Vitamin D 6%
    Potassium 25%