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LJ's Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce Recipe
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LJ's Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce

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"This is the best (and easiest) vodka sauce recipe I've found. I've given it out at least twenty times, and everyone raves about it!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 20 mins
  • READY IN

    2 hrs 30 mins

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for an additional minute.
  2. Stir the vodka, crushed tomatoes and light cream into the onion mixture, turn heat to high, and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir in the Romano cheese and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season finished sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and pour vodka sauce over, tossing to coat pasta with the sauce to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 17, 2009

Wow! This was very good. I sauteed the garlic along with the onion then added the crushed red pepper flakes. After adding the crushed tomatoes I added 1 Tbsp. of basil, 1/4 tsp. of oregano, 1 tsp. of parsley, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of sugar. I also used a good vodka and half and half instead of light cream and parmesan instead of romano (didn't have any on hand). I used 1/2 pound of penne pasta and served this with garlic breadsticks. The sauce was even better the next day!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 28, 2011

Everyone thought this sauce was good. I liked adding the romano cheese it was different. I would make it again but this doesn't taste anything like penne a la vodka from an Italian Restaurant in NYC that's for sure. Plus I took the advice from other reviews and added 2 tsp of sugar. Next time I will do 1 tsp but it def needed sugar. Also next time i will try a little less vodka

 
Jul 06, 2009

If you are reading this review you should know there is no reason to try any other recipe. THIS IS THE BEST and so easy! Some other recipes are overly complicated. This is simple and delicious. Thank you LJ! This is amazing!

 
Dec 26, 2008

This was absolutely wonderful. We had invited some friends over and I was looking for vegetarian recipes. It was a hit with everyone! I had calculated for 12 people and was afraid there wouldn't be enough when I saw the amount of sauce. I did use only one 1/2 boxes of Penne Pasta but had more than enough for everyone.

 
Oct 13, 2009

Very good and simple recipe. I used half and half instead of cream to cut on fat. Served over whole wheat penne and some fresh basil.

 
Jul 13, 2009

This was easy and excellent. I didn't have 2 hours for it to simmer and it was delicious after only about 10 minutes of cooking. Added some extra red pepper flakes because we like it spicy. Also added some vegetables to the pasta: greens, chopped fennel, and zucchini. delicious!!

 
Jul 20, 2009

I actually did add about 2 TBLS of chopped fresh basil and 1 tablespoon of sugar to cut the acid of the tomatoes. Not sure but I think I made it better!! Really good.

 
Feb 18, 2009

very tasty and super easy but the hubby and i couldn't help feeling something was missing....maybe portobello mushroom to jazz it up? either way i would definitely make it again..thanks!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 813 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 102.3 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 29 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 8 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 25.1 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 566 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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