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Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola

Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Edyta
Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola - pasta recipe with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce from the famous East Hampton's restaurant: Nick and Toni's, featured by Ina Garten on Food Network - Barefoot Contessa; with my little twist of using fresh tomatoes from my own garden.
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 yellow onion medium , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 12-15 Roma tomatoes (depending on size), diced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 3/4 pound penne pasta
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley or fresh oregano to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 375F;
  • In an ovenproof skillet heat up olive oil, add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes until translucent;
  • Add garlic and chili flakes and oregano and cook for another minute;
  • Add vodka and let it cook until reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes;
  • In the meantime cut up the tomatoes;
  • Add to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes;
  • Cover the pan with the fitted lid and transfer to the oven;
  • Roast for 1 hour and a half;
  • Cook pasta according to instructions but 1 minute less (you want to finish cooking it in the sauce);
  • Remove the tomatoes from the oven and puree in a blender (be careful to cover the blender tightly with kitchen towels and do not fill up more than 1/3rd at the time);
  • Once all the sauce is blended, place it in the pan and add cream;
  • Mix together and let cook for about 3 minutes;
  • Add grated cheese and season with salt and pepper;
  • Add pasta to the sauce, mix well and let it cook for another minute;
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs, more cheese and pepper and serve immediately.


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1390IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1.2mg