Vodka Cream Penne

    25 minutes

    Penne in a delicious pink cream sauce deglazed with vodka. This is a great and quick lunch or light dinner for me.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 1 1/2 large yellow onions
    • 5 cloves crushed garlic
    • 10 slices bacon, diced
    • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
    • 800g tinned crushed tomatoes
    • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
    • 60ml vodka
    • 375g penne

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook and drain the penne. Set aside.
    2. In a pan or frypan, sweat thinly sliced onions, crushed garlic and bacon.
    3. Add diced tomato and deglaze (cook until alcohol has evaporated) with vodka. Add crushed tomatoes and cream.
    4. Reduce sauce until thickened and season with salt and pepper. Add to pasta, toss and serve. Bon appetite!

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    I am a huge pasta lover, and let me say, I was not disappointed with this dish! Substituted Italian pancetta for actual bacon, added in a pinch of Italian seasoning and used rotini spirals since we didn't have any penne, but it never marred the taste a bit, enhanced it if anything. Warning: 12 ounces of pasta makes a lot, so double the amount of water needed.  -  12 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was my first attempt at an a la vodka sauce and my entire family went back for seconds! I did make some changes, though. After the addition of the chopped tomatoes, I took my immersion blender to the mixture as both my teenage sons won't go near any visible onion or tomato chunks. Once pureed, I knew I'd get it past their lips! I did leave the crushed tomato bits in though. I also added 1/2 tsp. dried basil for a touch of color. I used half & half and ended up using almost 3 cups. Delish! Diane :-)  -  02 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I only rated this recipe as a three out of confusion. When I made this last week by fiance adored it, and said it was the best vodka sauce he ever had . . . while on the other hand I couldn't even eat one serving of it because all I could taste was bacon, which was gross. I guess that if you love bacon this is a good recipe, because my fiance made me promise not to get rid of the recipe so that I could make it down the road again for him. I DID add some parmesan cheese to the sauce . . . because it really needed a little something extra.  -  30 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)