Save on Pinterest

Penne alla Vodka

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 this Penne alla Vodka recipe again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • Drain pasta. Add pasta and cheese to sauce; toss to combine.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
  • There’s nothing like fresh pasta. The process may seem intimidating, but it’s actually very easy to do! All you need is a little time. To get a jump on it, make dough 2 to 3 days in advance and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll it out.
  • Check out 75 of our best pasta recipes or if you want more vodka-themed recipes, see our holiday drinks with vodka.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/3 cups: 504 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 966mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.


    Click stars to rate
    Average Rating:
    • cynandtom
      Feb 11, 2020

      LOVE this pasta dish! The only changes that I made were pureeing the tomatoes and adding some extra heavy cream. Just personal preference. I think it would also be great with sausage. Simple and delicious, a definite keeper.

    • suefalk
      Jan 19, 2020

      Fantastic! Super easy, super quick dish for a busy weekday meal. I love that it's a pasta dish that doesn't require a jar of sauce!

    • Lady Fingers
      Jan 10, 2020

      Delicious, and very easy to make. I made 1/4 of the recipe, which was just right for my husband and me.

    • shannondobos
      Jan 9, 2020

      My family really enjoyed this pasta. I had to substitute bacon for the proscuitto as that's all I had on hand. I'd like to try this again when I have prosciutto, and next time I will only add about 12 oz of pasta. I like my pasta a little more saucy, but that's just a personal preference!

    • LaLa105
      Jan 8, 2020

      Cannot wait to try this. Love pasta and everything about this sounds wonderful. One silly question for all you cooks....when a recipe such as this calls for whole plum tomatoes diced up, can't I just use diced tomatoes?

    • dmkinsey
      Dec 4, 2019

      My husband and I both loved this. I'll definitely be making this delicious dish again and again. Thanks!

    • Edward
      Mar 25, 2019

      no rating because you can't give me a smaller version

    • Elizabeth
      Mar 14, 2019

      This was DELICIOUS. I couldn't skip a review this time because this was too good of a recipe to not gush over! The red pepper flakes gave a nice kick to the savory flavor of the sauce! And the house smelled wonderful too!

    • Remenec
      Feb 19, 2018

      This recipe is rich, flavorful, and delicious! I'll be making this often! It was a hit with the whole family.

    • sashajack
      Feb 19, 2018

      Terrific dish! So easy as well.