Penne alla Vodka

Instead of buying the Vodka sauce from the store, make it yourself.  It is easy, delicious and even the kids loved it.  (Don’t worry, the alcohol evaporates.)  The sauce is creamy and it tastes fresh.  This one falls for me under the “pantry meal” section as most of these ingredients are usually present in my kitchen / cabinets.  It’s easy to make and is done in less than 30 minutes.  Serve with glass of white wine and you’re set.


  • 1 lb. penne
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white medium onion, chopped finely
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup vodka
  • One 14-oz can tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 generous pinch red pepper flakes, plus more if needed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • Saute the garlic and onions in 2 tbsp. butter and the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until soft.
  • Pour in the vodka, being careful if your stove has an open flame (remove the pan from the heat before adding).
  • Cook and reduce for 2-3 minutes.
  • then pour in the tomato puree.
  • Stir the mixture until it’s thoroughly combined, then reduce the heat to low.
  • Pour in the heavy cream.
  • Stir to combine, then turn heat to lowest simmer possible.
  • Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finally, stir in the remaining 1 tbsp. butter.
  • Pour the drained pasta into the sauce and toss to combine.
  • Sprinkle on the Parmesan, then sprinkle on more red pepper flakes if desired. (Omit these last red pepper flakes if you serve to children, unless they like the HEAT).

Serves: 4-6


(Recipe by: Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman)


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Published on: March 11, 2012 | Tags: , ,

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