This easy penne alla vodka recipe has the most silky tomato cream sauce. It only takes about 20 minutes to make! Perfect for busy weeknights.
Meanwhile, add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 5-7 minutes or until softened (ok if it lightly browns).
Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add the vodka and let the sauce bubble for 30 seconds or so.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the tomato paste until you've got a smooth mixture.
Return the pan to the heat, stir in the cream, and reduce heat to medium-low. Let the sauce warm through. I find this sauce thickens up almost instantly, but feel free to cook it a little longer to thicken it up even more.
Season with salt & pepper as needed. Stir in the fresh basil if using. Toss with the drained pasta (if needed, thin the sauce out a bit with a splash of hot pasta water prior to draining it). Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.