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Penne with Vodka Sauce & Capicola

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From EatingWell:  April/May 2006, EatingWell Serves Two

Our velvety tomato sauce is spiked with cubes of salty capicola and a few shots of vodka. Make it a Meal: Caesar salad and a glass of Pinot Noir will shine with this dish.

6 servings | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne until just tender, 12 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook capicola (or pancetta) in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat; add onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add vodka and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced by about half, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, half-and-half, Worcestershire sauce and crushed red pepper to taste; reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with the capicola (or pancetta), basil and pepper.

Nutrition

Per serving : 311 Calories; 3 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 9 mg Cholesterol; 47 g Carbohydrates; 11 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 264 mg Sodium; 517 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable

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