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Spicy Vodka Rigatoni


Garlic Bread

  • Loaf of good bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Salt


  • Rigotoni
  • Kosher salt for pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Olive oil
  • Half of a white onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 whole calabrian chilies, minced. Jarred ones also work.
  • 8 oz/standard issue can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of vodka
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of pasta water
  • A ton of parmesan cheese!


  • Cook the pasta in heavily salted water.
  • Melt down the butter and some olive oil in a pan.
  • Add the onions to the butter mixture, with a pinch of salt. Stir until translucent.
  • Add the garlic and chilis to the mixture. Cook for ~2 mins until the garlic is fragrant. Don't burn!
  • Add the can of tomato paste and cook for ~7 mins until it starts to caramelize.
  • Deglaze the pan with the vodka.
  • Lower the heat and add the cream. Stir until it's a consistent, creamy, bright orange color.
  • Add the pasta to the pan, and add ~1 cup of pasta water. Stir and simmer until the pasta water reduces.
  • Make the garlic bread, toast, butter, scrap surface with half a garlic glove, add salt.
  • Remove from heat and add a ton of paremsan.
  • Serve immediately, with additional paremsan on top.