This was a quick and delicious meal, BUT much too spicy for me. I read reviews and started off with only 1/2 tsp. It was still much too spicy for me and even my BF thought it had a bit too much "kick." I should have listened to Pam's review and started off with just 1/4 tsp. Keep in mind the spiciness intensifies as you cook the red pepper so if you don't like spicy, start off with just a pinch of red pepper and slowly add more as the sauce cooks. It was still edible, but I found that the spiciness took away from the nice flavors of the tomato and cream...I actually added more cream, parm, and water to see if that would reduce the spiciness, but it didn't do much. I'll absolutely make this recipe again, but with less red pepper.
Another winner by Fine Cooking! This is quick and easy. I used the amount of red pepper flakes called for in the recipe and found it to be just right. Not at all too spicy. I am not a fan of spinach pasta but had some in the pantry that I wanted to use. So I used it with this sauce and it was perfect! The spicy vodka tomato sauce was a perfect foil for the spinach rigatoni.
I've been making this recipe for years and it's one of my favourites. When people say it's too spicy, keep in mind that red pepper flakes vary widely in intensity and everyone has very different ideas as to what "too spicy" is (and a lot of people who think they are eating hot food are mistaken). My family eats extremely spicy food and 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes isn't even close to spicy enough so it really is to taste.
This sauce was easy to prepare, especially with an immersion blender. But, "spicy" is an understatement! Warning on the amount of red pepper!! Based on other reviews (thank you!!), I used only 1/2 tsp, and even then, when I tasted it the first time, I was worried. My husband and I ate it - we can both tolerate some heat, and we did like it, but I don't see how it could be edible with 3/4 tsp, PLUS extra!? I will make it agin, but only use 1/4 tsp. Start with small amount and taste before adding more!
Easy & delicious! We found the spiciness to be spot on and loved the freshness that the parsley added. Great base recipe! BTW, the suggested pairing of Zinfandel---perfect.
Delicious! I am doing a "Meatless Monday" rotation right now and this is one of my favorite pasta dishes (meatless or otherwise!). It is VERY hot, and those who shared the dish with me could hardly stand the heat. I like hot food and it was almost too much for me. Start with a pinch and only increase after you've tasted it! Otherwise, absolutely fantastic and has definitely gone into my rotation!
The flavors are wonderful but be forewarned...this sauce is HOT!!! I love spicy food, as in really spicy food, but this recipe was almost too much. Next time I think I will only do a 1/2 tsp at most of pepper flakes. It's a fantastic sauce though...a keeper!
Very good! I reduce the amount of pasta a bit, sear-roast a couple of chicken breasts, slice them up and toss in.
great pasta dish. i added a few more sprinkles of the red pepper and added all the cheese into the sauce instead of sprinkling on top.
Another Tony Rosenfeld winner - so fast & delicious as others have commented. Tks again Tony & FC
Excellent meal and very easy to prepare. I have added once a few hundred gram of chicken prepared on the BBQ and it was a very nice addition.
Really easy & extremely tasty. This recipe immediately became a family favorite and a regular part of our weeknight repertoire.
I love this recipe! Very easy and fast. Just the right amount of vodka and spiciness. I have tasted this sauce in restaurants and not liked it nearly as much as this recipe. Freezes beautifully.