Forever a crowd pleaser, I cook this dish on holidays, or if I have a group of friends coming over. You can make it with grilled chicken, as I did this time around, or with grilled shrimp, or plain, whatever your heart desires!


What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz diced tomatoes, canned
  • 8 tsp flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups Half and Half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 1 package penne pasta (or pasta of your choice)

Melt butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and simmer for 8 minutes, partially covered. Combine flour and water, whisking until smooth. Add flour mixture skillet, stir and cook for 1 minute.

Add Half and Half, milk, vodka, salt and pepper. Combine and bring to a boil. Add cheese and simmer for 5 minutes.

If you are adding a protein, this would be the time to add it. Add the basil and stir. Combine with pasta of your choice!

Bon Appètit!