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Penne alla Vodka Recipe

Penne alla Vodka Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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