Chef John's Penne with Vodka Sauce

Dress up plain marinara sauce with pancetta, vodka, and cream. Vodka brings out the flavor of the tomatoes like nothing else.

Cook and stir bacon and rosemary sprig with olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until bacon renders its fat but is not crisp, about 5 minutes. Pour vodka into the skillet, standing...


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pancetta bacon, diced
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) package multigrain penne pasta (such as Barilla®)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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