It has long been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. We agree wholeheartedly!

Cooking is love made tangible. It’s about the thought you’ve put into preparing a tasty “expression of love” for your significant other. We know you don’t want to spend hours slaving over a hot stove, so ALL GOLD came up with this delectable Italian-styled dish that takes only 35 minutes to prepare.

Think café style; lay the table with a checked red-and-white tablecloth, light the romantic candles and let Enrique Iglesias serenade you.

This Penne with Vodka Sauce and Bacon dish is simple, delectable and crammed with ALL GOLD goodness for that proudly South African twist.

Makes 6 portions

Preparation Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

500 g Fatti’s & Moni’s penne pasta

500 g Enterprise Bacon Bits

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

125 ml (1/2 cup) vodka

1 can (410 g) ALL GOLD Mediterranean Style Diced Tomatoes

65 ml (1/4 cup) cream

10 ml (2 tsp.) Holbrook’s Worcestershire Sauce

5 ml (1 tsp.) chilli flakes

5 ml (1 tsp.) ground coriander

65 ml (1/4 cup) fresh basil, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne until just tender (12 minutes) or according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about four minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Add onion and garlic, cook in bacon fat until onion is transparent, about 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add vodka and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced by about half, approximately 2 minutes. Stir in ALL GOLD Mediterranean Style Diced Tomatoes, cream, Holbrook’s Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes and coriander to taste. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Drain pasta.

Recipe and images supplied by: ALL GOLD

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