Penne Vodka with Broccoli


  • 16 oz. Galbani® Chunk Mozzarella, 1/2 inch dice
  • 16 oz. penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups basic tomato sauce
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 12 basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Blanch broccoli in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
  • Remove and chill in ice water. Drain and dry.
  • Sauté the shallots in olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add vodka and cook until dry and then add the tomato sauce and half and half.
  • Toss pasta, broccoli, sauce, basil, mozzarella, and pine nuts together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Put mixture into baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and top with bread crumbs.
  • Bake until top is golden brown and crunchy, about 15 minutes.