Penne alla Vodka

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
This easy pasta has a creamy vodka tomato sauce tossed with penne and lots of fresh parmesan cheese!


  • 1 pound penne cooked al dente
  • 4 oz pancetta chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 28 oz whole Italian tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 3 tablespoons parsley


  • Cook garlic in butter over medium low heat until fragrant. Add pancetta and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Add vodka and cook 2 minutes. Stir in chili flakes and tomatoes slightly breaking up with a spoon. Simmer 8-10 minutes.
  • Add cream and cook 5 minutes. Add penne to the sauce and cook 1 minute to combine flavors. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat, stir in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Place in bowls and top with parsley and remaining parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 595, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 557mg, Potassium: 509mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 985IU, Vitamin C: 15.8mg, Calcium: 219mg, Iron: 2.6mg