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Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce

 Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce
Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce is still creamy, rich and restaurant-quality special, but it now has less than half the original recipe’s fat and cholesterol. Even our pros had a hard time telling them apart. Debra Torres - Clarion, Pennsylvania
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons prepared pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic;
  • cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes and vodka. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until slightly
  • thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cook penne according to package directions.
  • Stir the pesto, salt and pepper flakes into tomato mixture. In a
  • small bowl, combine flour and cream until smooth; stir into pan. Add

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Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly
  • thickened. Drain penne; serve with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2/3 cup pasta with 2/3 cups sauce and 1 tablespoon cheese equals 324 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 379 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 fat.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.