Over the last four months I’ve posted recipes that could take from an hour to six hours of preparation and usually with a decent hit to the wallet.  So I got to thinking about the average person or aspiring cook in this busy day and age. I know that entertaining can be laborious and often expensive, but what if you could make a pasta plate that could stand tall next to anything a restaurant has to offer and do it in under a half hour from start to finish?  Then, what if I told you it could cost less than $30 to feed a party of four?  Seems too good to be true?  Well it’s not; it’s Penne alla Vodka.

What to expect: Negroamaro

Negroamaro - Black and bitter in Italian, not surprisingly has origins in Southern Italy's Puglia region. An important grape, both on it's own, and as a blending grape. It contributes a rich, slightly rustic mouthfeel to a finished wine and imbues it with a slightly burnt, earthy quality that accentuates the deep, roasted plum and mocha toned fruit.