Penne alla Vodka Recipe
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Penne alla Vodka Recipe

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This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they've asked me to make it again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
Featured In: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 504 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 966mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add prosciutto; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes, vodka, salt and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cream; cook 2-3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain pasta. Add pasta and cheese to sauce; toss to combine. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Penne alla Vodka in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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lvalcani User ID: 4394375 262005
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

"Pretty good"

kykim User ID: 7350005 261585
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"Prepared as written. Great, Easy, 2 pan dish that is ready to eat in 30 minutes. Works for me!!!

Thank you for sharing!"

Sheila England User ID: 3144460 261435
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2017

"This sounds good! My dad is t2d so I need to reduce the sodium, sugar and carbs content. How would this be using half and half and whole grain pasta?"

Selene K User ID: 2103818 243114
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"One of the few recipes I have found that is quick, easy and delicious. I did not change one thing. In the future, I might use ham or chicken in place of the prosciutto just for another variation. It is pretty much perfect as it is, however. Thank you for sharing with us."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1319554 195783
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"This is a keeper! For us, though, this recipe easily makes enough for 8 servings."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1258672 180822
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"This was great. Easy and quick to make. I like salt but I did not add any, as the recipe says, because I thought it was salty enough. Just before I served it I sprinkled mozzarella on top. Would definitely make this again."

RLiberty User ID: 7169427 212717
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"This was fantastic - my husband wants to have it every week!"

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