Penne Alla Vodka

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small white onion finely chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 -  28 ounce can tomatoes (break up tomatoes by hand) 
Crushed red pepper flakes  (optional)
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
Salt and pepper (I like lots of pepper)
Fresh Basil
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Penne (or favourite pasta shape)

Heat the olive oil and butter in large skillet.  Add onions and saute for a minute or two.  Add garlic.
Continue cooking for another minute. Stirring.  Don't let onions or garlic brown.   Add Vodka and tomatoes, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes (if using)
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes,  until sauce begins to thicken.

Stir in cream, add cooked penne and parmesan, toss and add fresh chopped basil.  Toss again and serve.
 





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