Spicy Pasta alla Vodka

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 shallots or 1 small onion, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato paste
3 Tbsp vodka
1.5 cups heavy cream
2 tsp red chili flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp butter
8oz orecchiette pasta
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Boil pasta according to directions on package, adding 1 tsp salt to the water. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water for later use in the sauce.

Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add shallots or onions and sauté until they start to change color.

Add in garlic and sauté for a minute.

Stir in tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add in vodka and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in cream along with red chili flakes, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth.

Add cheese and reserved pasta water. Cook for a minute.

Stir in pasta and butter. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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