So I decided to make my version of the classic vodka rigatoni... this dish is soo delicious and is perfect for the cold winter nights!
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1 onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp chili flakes
4 shots of vodka
3 sausages (removed from skin)
5 rations of smoked bacon or pancetta, chopped
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh parsley
3/4 cup double cream
Boil the Rigatoni in salted water, following packet instructions for time. Remember to save a cup of the pasta water before draining.
Cut the bacon or pancetta into small pieces and put in a hot frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Cook into crispy then remove from the pan. Finely dice the garlic and chilli, onion and add to the frying pan. Add the sausage meat and mix together. When the mixture is becoming golden add the bacon or pancetta back into the pan. Add the chilli flakes and tomato paste and mix for 2 minutes.
Add in the Vodka and let reduce until the alcohol has boiled off (about 3/4 mins). Stir in the double cream and add the fresh parsley. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add in the pasta water and let thicken up for two minutes. Sprinkle more parsley and chilli flakes on top and enjoy!