Yum.  What more can I say?  So easy, so delicious.

Kate, after the disaster of your meatloaf, you have redeemed yourself!

Kate is in 3 episodes of Murder, She Wrote and I’m not sure which episode this recipe will be attached to in the Murder, She Cooked book but it is definitely going in!

Kate Mulgrew’s Penne with Vodka & Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce 

 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 

 4 cloves minced garlic 

 1/2 tsp. crushed red-pepper flakes 

 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes 

 3/4 tsp. fine sea salt 

 1 lb. penne 

 2 tbsp. vodka 

 1/2 cup heavy cream 

 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 

 2 Italian sausages (optional) 

In a large skillet, heat oil over moderate heat. If using sausage, remove casing and add meat to pan. Cook, breaking up the meat, until brown. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring until garlic is golden. Add tomatoes and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.  

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne until just done. Drain. Return pasta to the hot pot.  Add vodka and cream to sauce and bring to a boil. Stir sauce into pasta and cook over low heat for 1 minute. Stir in parsley and serve.

Serves: 4

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