Penne alla Vodka 

Penne alla Vodka 

Embark on a culinary journey with the richness of authentic Italian flavors in my classic Penne alla Vodka. Sautéed onions and garlic, coupled with a touch of red pepper flakes, create a flavor symphony. The infusion of vodka not only adds a subtle kick but also unlocks the depths of the tomatoes, enhancing their natural sweetness and richness. This velvety sauce, melding with crushed tomatoes and luxurious heavy cream, promises a dining experience where the alcohol elevates and accentuates the vibrant essence of each tomato, making every bite a culinary revelation. Penne alla Vodka is the best pasta dish you aren’t making.. yet.

Penne alla Vodka 
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Penne alla Vodka 

Penne alla Vodka 
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jim


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish


  • Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • AS the pasta cooks, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until softened. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for another minute until fragrant. Pour in the vodka and simmer for 3-4 minutes to allow the alcohol to cook off.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.
  • Once thickened slightly. reduce the heat to low and pour in the heavy cream. Stir well to combine. Season the sauce with a pinch of salt and a few heavy grinds of black pepper. Add the cooked penne to the sauce, tossing to coat the pasta evenly.
  • Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan over the pasta and toss again. Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil or parsley.

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