Penne alla Vodka Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.


7-1/2 cups

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
"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
Penne alla Vodka Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

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  • Nutrition Facts

    3/4 cup: 265 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1117mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.