Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce Recipe

Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce Recipe

How To Make Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Tender pasta dish topped with rich and savory vodka sauce that brings a tangy and smooth feel brought by the liquor and the herbs and cheese bring balance.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 28ozSan Marzano tomatoes,(1 can) crushed finely with hands
  • 2tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • ½cupyellow onion,minced
  • 3ozprosciutto,diced, optional
  • 1tbspgarlic,(3 cloves) minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½cupvodka
  • ¼tspred pepper flakes,more or less to taste
  • cupheavy cream
  • ¼cupparmesan cheese,finely shredded plus more for serving
  • 1tbspfresh oregano,chopped
  • ¼cupfresh basil,chopped
  • 14ozpenne pasta,plus reserved pasta water for thinning sauce as needed


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil to cook pasta. Season water with salt.

  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and prosciutto saute 4 – 5 minutes, add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute 1 minute longer.

  3. Remove pan from heat and add tomatoes, vodka, season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Return to medium-high heat, bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until strong alcohol scent has cooked off, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water and drain pasta.

  6. Stir cream into sauce and let just heat through, about 1 minute. Stir in parmesan, basil and oregano.

  7. Add drained pasta to pot with sauce, toss to coat, while thinning sauce with a little pasta water as needed.

  8. Serve warm with more Parmesan and garnish with more basil if desired.


  • Calories: 506.23kcal
  • Fat: 18.41g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.37g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.52g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.17g
  • Fiber: 4.41g
  • Sugar: 6.65g
  • Protein: 16.89g
  • Cholesterol: 50.36mg
  • Sodium: 663.76mg
  • Calcium: 138.42mg
  • Potassium: 605.49mg
  • Iron: 1.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 180.80µg
  • Vitamin C: 19.91mg
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