For the penne, bring at least 4 quarts
of water to a boil with at least 1 heaping tablespoon of salt.
Meanwhile, over medium-low heat, cook the
garlic in the olive oil for about 2 minutes, until soft but not
Add the tomato puree and the vodka. Bring
to a simmer and let simmer briskly for 3 minutes. (this cooks off
Season to taste with salt and hot pepper
flakes, overseasoning slightly to account for the cream that will
Put the penne to cook and while it is boiling,
add the cream to the tomato sauce and simmer 2 or 3 minutes.
Drain the pasta well, toss with the sauce
and serve immediately.