Penne Alla Vodka (Vodka Cream Pasta) Recipe

Penne Alla Vodka (Vodka Cream Pasta) Recipe

How To Make Penne Alla Vodka (Vodka Cream Pasta)

Try out this Italian penne alla vodka for your next pasta meal! It’s got a surprising new taste from the vodka, and takes only less than an hour to make.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 12ozdried penne pasta,or fettuccine
  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • cupmedium shallots,or half a red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 6garlic cloves,peeled and minced
  • 1cupvodka
  • 28ozcrushed tomatoes,1 can
  • ½tspred pepper flakes,crushed
  • ½cupheavy cream
  • ½cupfresh basil leaves,torn or julienned, divided
  • Parmesan cheese,grated


  1. Heat a large stockpot of generously-salted water.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.

  3. Add the shallots, and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the garlic and continue sautéing for 1 to 2 more minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the vodka, and stir to combine.

  6. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half.

  7. Add the crushed tomatoes and crushed red pepper flakes, then stir to combine.

  8. Continue cooking until the sauce reaches a simmer.

  9. Then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue simmering for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by almost half.

  10. Stir in the heavy cream and ¼ cup of the basil.

  11. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain.

  12. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce continue to simmer until the pasta has cooked.

  13. Once the pasta is ready, return it to the stockpot and pour the sauce on top.

  14. Toss the pasta until it is evenly coated with the sauce.

  15. Serve immediately, garnished with the extra basil and Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 666.85kcal
  • Fat: 16.30g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.64g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.88g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.50g
  • Carbohydrates: 84.92g
  • Fiber: 7.52g
  • Sugar: 14.02g
  • Protein: 16.01g
  • Cholesterol: 40.76mg
  • Sodium: 390.31mg
  • Calcium: 128.07mg
  • Potassium: 911.77mg
  • Iron: 4.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 153.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.54mg
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