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Penne Alla Vodka

by Hector Gomezfeatured in 3-Course Italian Dinner


for 2 servings

  • 8 oz penne pasta (230 g), cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vodka (120 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce (390 g)
  • ½ cup heavy cream (120 mL)

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 855
    Fat 34g
    Carbs 92g
    Fiber 5g
    Sugar 9g
    Protein 17g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add onion and 1 clove of garlic, and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add tomato sauce and mix to combine with onion and garlic.
  4. Add vodka, dried basil, red pepper flakes, and salt. Let this to simmer for 2 minutes to allow most of the alcohol to burn off.
  5. Add heavy cream and stir until fully combined. The sauce will turn into a beautiful light orange creamy mixture.
  6. Add cooked pasta to vodka sauce and mix until noodles are fully coated in sauce.
  7. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.
  8. Garnish with basil.
  9. Enjoy!