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A while bowl with penne pasta in vodka sauce piled high inside

Penne Pasta in Vodka Sauce, aka Penne Alla Vodka

Nancy Blackstone
Penne Pasta in Vodka Sauce is a creamy, rich and flavorful dish that cooks up in less than half an hour. Served with garlic bread and a glass of wine, it's sure to impress your guests!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 886 kcal


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 28 ounce San Marzano crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces diced pancetta optional


  • In a deep skillet, melt butter. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. If you're using pancetta, you should add it now, too. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add vodka to skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes and chopped parsley, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Mix in heavy cream and salt. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta to al dente, drain and set aside.
  • Add parmesan cheese and pepper to the sauce, mix well. Serve over pasta.


You can substitute half and half for heavy cream if you prefer
In place of pancetta, you can add bacon or shrimp


Calories: 886kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 24gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1194mgPotassium: 712mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1686IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 284mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Italian dinners, Italian main dish, pasta dinners, vegetarian pasta, vodka sauce
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