Penne with Vodka Sauce

    2 hours 10 minutes

    This is a very easy vodka sauce that everyone raves about. It takes a couple of hours to cook but there's really nothing to it.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vodka
    • 800g tinned crushed tomatoes
    • 1 cup (250ml) light cream
    • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 500g penne

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook, stirring, for an additional minute.
    2. Stir the vodka, crushed tomatoes and light cream into the onion mixture, turn heat to high and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir in the Romano cheese and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season finished sauce with salt and pepper.
    3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and pour vodka sauce over, tossing to coat pasta.

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    Wow! This was very good. I sauteed the garlic along with the onion then added the crushed red pepper flakes. After adding the crushed tomatoes I added 1 Tbsp. of basil, 1/4 tsp. of oregano, 1 tsp. of parsley, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of sugar. I also used a good vodka and half and half instead of light cream and parmesan instead of romano (didn't have any on hand). I used 1/2 pound of penne pasta and served this with garlic breadsticks. The sauce was even better the next day!  -  17 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was absolutely wonderful. We had invited some friends over and I was looking for vegetarian recipes. It was a hit with everyone! I had calculated for 12 people and was afraid there wouldn't be enough when I saw the amount of sauce. I did use only one 1/2 boxes of Penne Pasta but had more than enough for everyone.  -  26 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    If you are reading this review you should know there is no reason to try any other recipe. THIS IS THE BEST and so easy! Some other recipes are overly complicated. This is simple and delicious. Thank you LJ! This is amazing!  -  06 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)