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Penne alla Vodka Sauce

 Penne alla Vodka Sauce
"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
10 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook
  • and stir until slightly crisp. Stir in tomato sauce and vodka.
  • 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.
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.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.