Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka

Mini penne pasta tossed in a creamy mushroom vodka tomato sauce. This mushroom pasta alla vodka is so delicious and great for a weeknight dinner.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s almost the weekend! But until then, when I can spend a little more time on prepping and cooking my meals, it’s going to be another pasta kind of night, and I can’t be any happier.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m pretty sure I could live off of pasta. My sister Victoria feels the same way. I think it might be that there are so many different ways to serve pasta. Pasta comes in so many different shapes, which changes the texture. And how many sauces can you dress up pasta with? Endless of possibilities. How many add ins can elevate these pasta dishes to another level?

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

For this version of pasta, I wanted to add one of my favorite ingredients: mushrooms.Mushrooms are super easy to find, and you can use whatever you like. For me, they make pasta alla vodka, which is already so flavorful, so much more amazing and perfect for a not so boring weeknight dinner. Hope you’ll enjoy this pasta dish as much as I do.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cook the pasta in a large pot for a few minutes until almost al dente. You want to have the pasta undercooked so that you can finish cooking the pasta in the sauce. Reserve about a 1/2 cup of pasta water to incorporate in the sauce later. The starchy pasta water helps bind the sauce to the pasta. Drain the rest of the water. Quickly rinse the pasta under cold water to prevent the pasta from continuing to cook and from sticking to each other. Set aside for now.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil for about a minute before adding minced garlic. Cook the garlic until golden and aromatic before adding diced onions. Cook the onions for about 2-3 minutes until softened.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Add all the mushrooms to the skillet, and cook for several minutes until tender. Pour in the tomato puree and diced tomatoes. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients. Next, pour in the vodka and stir to incorporate the vodka. Add granulated sugar, crushed red peppers, and salt. Cook for about a minute.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pour the heavy cream into the sauce, and stir. The sauce will turn a creamy orange color instead of a bright red. Add the pasta, and mix until all the pasta is evenly coated. Pour in the reserved pasta water and add parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce. Mix until the pasta is well coated with the sauce.

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Serve the mushroom pasta alla vodka topped with finely chopped parsley and shredded parmesan cheese as desired.

Enjoy!

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka | Cooking with a Wallflower

Mushroom Pasta Alla Vodka
 
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Mini penne pasta tossed in a creamy mushroom vodka tomato sauce. This mushroom pasta alla vodka is so delicious and great for a weeknight dinner.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pasta
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 small king oyster mushroom, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1½ cup maitake mushrooms
  • 1 - 15 ounce can tomato puree
  • 1 - 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Optional
  • Extra shredded parmesan for topping
  • Finely chopped parsley for topping
Directions:
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot for a few minutes until almost al dente.Reserve about a ½ cup of pasta water to incorporate in the sauce later. Drain the rest of the water. Quickly rinse the pasta under cold water to prevent the pasta from continuing to cook and from sticking to each other. Set aside for now.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil for about a minute before adding minced garlic. Cook the garlic until golden and aromatic before adding diced onions. Cook the onions for about 2-3 minutes until softened.
  3. Add all the mushrooms to the skillet, and cook for several minutes until tender. Pour in the tomato puree and diced tomatoes. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients. Next, pour in the vodka and stir to incorporate the vodka. Add granulated sugar, crushed red peppers, and salt. Cook for about a minute.
  4. Pour the heavy cream into the sauce, and stir. The sauce will turn a creamy orange color instead of a bright red. Add the pasta, and mix until all the pasta is evenly coated. Pour in the reserved pasta water and add parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce. Mix until the pasta is well coated with the sauce.
  5. Serve the mushroom pasta alla vodka topped with finely chopped parsley and shredded parmesan cheese as desired.

 

14 comments

  1. Kiki says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! We used to have a great restaurant around the corner where I used to have Vodka pasta often, but then they moved away – have bookmarked this to try.

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