Penne a la Vodka II Recipe -
Penne a la Vodka II Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Penne a la Vodka II

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"This is an easy recipe. The sauce can be made while you cook the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook garlic in olive oil until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking up a bit with fork. Stir in basil, salt and pepper and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in vodka and cook 15 minutes more.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Stir cream into sauce and cook 10 minutes more. Toss with hot pasta.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2010

Vodka sauces are wonderful and so easy to make! I sauteed some chopped onion in olive oil along with 3 cloves of garlic. I then added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes. I used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes instead of whole and then 2 tsp. of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I also added a bit of parmesan cheese along with the cream and the sauce came out very smooth and oh so good over the penne pasta. Great with garlic bread!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 23, 2006

I've made several a la vodka sauces before, however most used tomato puree or just canned tomato sauce. The idea of using whole peeled tomatos in this recipe is a good one, however that's the only thing I would do again from this recipe. There is entirely too much heavy cream used in this recipe. The flavor of the tomatos and the spices was great, but once the heavy cream was added this sauce suddenly became very bland. Not only was the sauce bland, but it was very thin. My recommendation would be to cut the heavy cream in half.

Oct 27, 2005

I made this for dinner last night - my husband called it "restaurant quality". With the alterations I made, it was closer to another 5-star recipe on this site, "Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce", with no meat. I recommend using red pepper flakes, 3/4t. salt, crushed or diced tomatoes (vs. whole) and less cream. I added sliced, fresh mushrooms halfway through - oh yum! Adding the red pepper with some salt will eliminate the blandness that other reviewers mentioned. I will make this again with those changes.

Oct 23, 2006

This is amazing if you mix it together with the penne and let it all cook together at the end for an extra 10 minutes. The sauce thickens and the flavor really comes out. I also used half the amount of cream and about 3/4 lb of pasta.

Oct 09, 2003

Absolutely amazing. I varied the recipe just a bit by using crushed, not whole, tomatoes, and about 3/4s of a pint of heavy cream - but everyone went back for thirds!

Sep 11, 2007

Follow this recipe exactly except: Add 1/2 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes to make it slightly spicy that everyone will like... I personally like 1 tsp. Add the cream and simmer for 5 mins, then add the sauce to the noodles and simmer until the sauce turns from watery to sticky... just like making mac and cheese! I also like to add some cooked jumbo shrimp when I add the cream. This recipe is so close to the Penne alla Vodka I order at a very expensive italian restaurant.

Jan 02, 2004

Wow!! Now I know what to cook for my boyfriend when he comes into town next weekend. I have been experimenting, trying to come up with the perfect dinner for him, and this one definitely is up to par!! I threw in a dash of red pepper flakes and extra garlic for some heat. I halfed the recipe, but accidentally forgot to halve the vodka (yes, it WAS an accident!) :), but it turned out delicious anyway. Next time i might add some grilled chicken breast, and maybe some peas for color. You HAVE to try this recipe, you will not be disappointed, i promise. Thanks Liarose!! :)

Dec 26, 2003

I have tried countless recipes for vodka sauce. I've also ordered it at restaurants several times. This is the best vodka sauce I've ever had. My husband and everybody I make it for loves it. It's very easy, too!


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  • Calories
  • 632 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.9 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 109 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 35.8 g
  • 55%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 12.9 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 221 mg
  • 9%

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

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