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Kicked Up Pasta Rags With Vodka Sauce


  • 1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 4 sheets fresh pasta, (about 1 pound) torn into rags about 3-inches by 1-inch each
  • Grated parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • In a skillet cook the bacon over medium-high heat until the fat is rendered and just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the onions and crushed red pepper and sauté until soft and slightly caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and stir well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the vodka and cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the peas and cream, and cook, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
  • Cook the pasta in the boiling water until just al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain in a colander. Add to the pasta sauce, and toss to combine. Serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese (if desired). Yield: 4 servings

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