Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce Recipe

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Lynn Anderson Modified: March 25, 2022
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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