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Sundays and Vodka Sauce are a match made in heaven

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For several months (you may even be able to sum it in to years), I have been holding on to the "secret" recipe for Penne with Vodka Sauce from Three Doors Down Cafe over on Hawthorne (available on their website at www.3doorsdowncafe.com).  This Sunday was the perfect day to tackle this recipe.  It is fairly simple.  Sauté some onions and red pepper flakes.  Simmer with whole tomatoes for an hour.  Add some boiled sausages (I chose spicy Italian chicken sausages from Trader Joe's)and vodka (I have read quality makes a difference, so I selected Ketel One).  Simmer another hour.  Add in some heavy cream and tomato paste.  Simmer another 30 minutes.  Add the cooked pasta and some parmesan cheese.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and Voila!  You have Penne with Vodka Sauce.  The overall process takes about 3 hours and some minimal stirring, but it is well worth it!  The sauce is creamy and tomatoey with a little heat.  The sausages are tender enough to cut with a fork.  And the best part of this process?  The smell of simmering tomatoes that permeates the entire house on a chilly Sunday afternoon!  This is definitely what the kids call a “Make Again”!