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
Recommended: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 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: 265 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1117mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  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.
  3. Yield: 7-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Penne alla Vodka Sauce in Taste of Home August/September 2010

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dancingfool User ID: 7427237 215165
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Very good recipe, very easy to make. My husband and I loved it!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 107800
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."

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 191630
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

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

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 189257
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. :-)"

avidcookGA User ID: 195648 123015
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."

Black Lady User ID: 3107669 107799
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"I used Shrimp, very good."

cafeheaven2 User ID: 4340441 180061
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Just to simplfy a little; 8 oz is one cup, so that would be 8 cups of any basic sauce you have, whether jarred, homemade, or whatever (I didn't use all tomato sauce from a can, and why open 8 small cans, unless it's all you have on-hand; two large 28 oz can, plus a little more would work). Plus, someone posted a question of how much pasta to use? This recipe is for a sauce, doesn't involve any specific amount of pasta. You just cook the amount of pasta you want, and pour the sauce over it. All in all, I'd say this recipe is practically fool-proof; it'll be delicious every time! Mine was (used 8 cups of homemade sauce). Thanks!!"

Spinmom User ID: 4783486 148176
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"A friend gave me this recipe years ago but she added shrimp and/or scallops. Delicious."

mhisrael User ID: 1413977 192732
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Just saw Pioneer Woman make this dish on FoodTV. It was almost the identical recipe. Haven't tried it but definitely will."

maley001 User ID: 84625 148174
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"<p>This recipe sounds delicious....will have to put on the bucket recipe list. The amount of pasta a sauce is served over is usually a personal preference. Would recommend a cooked pound of penne to start...serve, and if you need more penne prepare accordingly.</p>"

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