Tomato and Vodka Penne

Tomato and Vodka Penne


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This is a simple and delicious recipe where tomatoes, cream, prosciutto and vegetables are cooked with vodka.

Joelene Craver

Serves: 6 

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 125g thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 700g Italian passata
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed chillies
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • 500g penne pasta

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic and cook until soft. Add prosciutto and vodka. Simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add passata, herbs and chillies and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in cream and heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain. Toss penne with sauce and serve immediately.

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Reviews (3)


Altered ingredient amounts. Unbelievable! This was so easy to make and delicious! I doubled the recipe, which was more than enough for my dinner party of 14. The only changes I made was omitting the celery (it wasn't missed) and using half the cream and adding just a bit of milk. A definite new family favourite. - 21 Jul 2008


I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted great. - 21 Jul 2008


Every time I make this pasta, it's a big hit. For some variation, I add mushrooms, green pepper and fresh tomatoes. - 21 Jul 2008

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