Jamie says: Adding vodka to tomato sauce is an Italian-American twist I really love. Don't worry--you can serve it to the whole family because the alcohol burns off, leaving a wonderful flavor and fragrance behind. Fresh herbs and lemon zest add exceptional flavor, too.Fresh herbs and lemon zest add exceptional, low-cal flavor to this hearty pasta dish.


Credit: Quentin Bacon

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Makes 6 servings


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  • Prick chiles 6-8 times with a small, sharp knife. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat; add chiles and olive oil. Cook 5 minutes. Turn heat up to full whack; add garlic, parsley stalks, and anchovies, stirring constantly. When garlic starts to become golden, add tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Add vodka, and reduce heat to simmer. Gently bash up chiles with a wooden spoon.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss immediately with sauce.

  • Divide pasta evenly among bowls. Roughly chop reserved parsley leaves; sprinkle over pasta. Sprinkle lemon zest over pasta; squeeze in juice, catching pits in your hands. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired; serve immediately with a salad.


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Nutrition Facts

485 calories; fat 15g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 2g; protein 16g; carbohydrates 64g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 13mg; iron 4mg; sodium 708mg; calcium 77mg.