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September 20, 2018
Servings: 4-5 servings
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 cup vodka
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled plum tomatoes
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound penne pasta
4 tablespoons fresh oregano
3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof saute pan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent.
Add the red pepper flakes and dried oregano and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the vodka and continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by half.
Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes through a sieve and crush them into the pan with your hands.
Add 2 teaspoons salt and a pinch of black pepper.
Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and place it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente.
Drain and set aside.
Place the tomato mixture in a blender and puree in batches until the sauce is a smooth consistency.
Return to the pan.
Reheat the sauce, add 2 tablespoons fresh oregano and enough heavy cream to make the sauce a creamy consistency.
Add salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Toss the pasta into the sauce and cook for 2 minutes more.
Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan.
Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan and a sprinkle of fresh oregano on each plate.