Penne alla Vodka Sauce Recipe
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Penne alla Vodka Sauce Recipe

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"This was the first Italian dish I made for my husband and the kids. Not being Italian like them, I was a little nervous. I passed the test! This is now a family-favorite recipe that I usually double for entertaining." —Kathy Kochiss Mongillo, Trumball, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces sliced pancetta, chopped
  • 8 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Hot cooked penne pasta
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without pasta and cheese) equals 265 calories, 22 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 1,117 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook and stir until slightly crisp. Stir in tomato sauce and vodka.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add cream and heat through. Serve sauce with pasta; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 7-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Penne alla Vodka Sauce in Taste of Home

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without pasta and cheese) equals 265 calories, 22 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 1,117 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

Reviews for Penne alla Vodka Sauce

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

Recipe did make way too much and I only made 1/2 recipe. I usually love vodka sauce but this one didn't do it for me.

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

What can I subtitute for the pancetta? I can't get that without driving quite a distance to the city.

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

Thanks for the helpful hints about how much penne to use. I can see that this recipe makes about 9 cups of sauce, for 10 servings. A pound of penne serves 8, according to the box. So, whatever, maybe we will have some great leftover sauce. :-)

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

The ingredients are similar to Pioneer Woman's but the proportions are quite different. PW uses 3/4 cup of vodka to 14 ounces of tomato sauce.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

I used Shrimp, very good.

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