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Penne alla Vodka

Scott Phillips


这s take on a favorite Italian-American pasta dish is more tomatoey than most versions. For a creamier sauce, add another 2 Tbs. cream.


  • Kosher salt
  • 12 oz. penne
  • 1 28-oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes in juice, preferably San Marzano
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 670
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 29
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14
  • Cholesterol (mg): 50
  • Sodium (mg): 900
  • Carbohydrates (g): 71
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 18


  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta for 1 minute less than package directions for al dente.
  • Meanwhile, pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and use your hands to break them up.
  • Heat the oil and garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Discard the garlic.
  • Add the tomatoes (and their juice) and the red pepper flakes to the garlic oil; raise the heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the vodka and cook for about 2 minutes to mellow the alcohol. Stir in the heavy cream and 1-1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the skillet. Toss over medium heat until the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce, about 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the cheese and parsley.
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  • mmmKeller| 05/29/2020

    Followed the recipe as directed but instead of smashing Garlic we pressed it and added it to the oil. After the 4 minutes it removed it with a small strainer and had crispy garlic that we sprinkled on the pasta as it was served. That was wonderful! Everyone really liked the pasta! Will make again for sure!

  • pastatx| 05/28/2020

    Yum! My picky older kids enjoyed it. Will make many more times. Didn't need a splatter screen...oil temp was pretty low.

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    JCushing| 05/28/2020

    What I don't understand is why make a recipe that doesn't utilize a FULL 16 oz. box of penne?

  • runner64| 05/15/2017

    A real favorite at my house. Use a spatter screen if you have one!

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