- 4 slices bacon, optional
- 1 tablespoon olive oil if not using bacon
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, chopped
- 2½ cups vegetable or chicken broth
- ¼ cup vodka
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 boxes (16 ounces) Tolerant Ⓡ Green Lentil and Beet Penne ½ cup heavy cream
- 12 basil leaves, torn
- ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Heat a large skillet over medium. If using, add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- If using bacon, add onion to bacon drippings and saute until softened, 6-8 minutes. Alternatively, saute onion in oil. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes, broth, vodka, salt, and pepper flakes. Add pasta, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, 8-10 minutes. If needed, add more broth or water as pasta cooks to prevent sticking.
- If using, crumble bacon and stir into pasta along with cream, basil, and Parmesan. Serve topped with parsley.