Recipe: Catholic priest cooks up yummy Penne Alla Vodka


Catholic priest Father Leo Patalinghug, right, scoops out some of the penne alla vodka he made during a cooking demonstration at St. Columbkill Church in Boyertown. His movement “Grace Before Meals” encourage families to cook and eat together at home.

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Father Leo Patalinghug, a winning participant on Food Network’s “Throwdown! With Bobby Flay” recently visited St. Columbkill Church in Boyertown for a cooking demonstration. He showed the hundreds of people in the audience how to prepare a penne alla vodka pasta recipe.


Serves 4-6 people


1 box penne pasta, cooked al dente (not whole grain or rice flour pasta)

4 tablespoons olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup white onion, minced

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (not dried parsley)

16-oz. can tomato sauce

3-4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup vodka

4 teaspoons kosher salt

4 teaspoons black pepper

2-4 pinches red pepper flakes


Heat olive oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat. Saute garlic, onions and parsley until onions become translucent (approximately 2-3 minutes). Attention: Cooking with alcohol is flammable! Add tomato paste and vodka. Introduce flame to flambé until flame dissipates or allow this to simmer away from an open flame until the smell of alcohol is not so strong. Add tomato sauce and cream and allow this to heat and simmer. Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Incorporate cooked penne pasta and mix. Garnish with parsley and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe Courtesy of Father Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals

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