Penne Alla Vodka! Skip the restaurant and make the best penne alla vodka at home. This recipe has enough tomato to give the sauce a nice kick without overpowering the cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com
Penne alla Vodka
Skip the restaurant and make the best penne alla vodka at home. This recipe has enough tomato to give the sauce a nice kick without overpowering the cream!
Penne Alla Vodka! Skip the restaurant and make the best penne alla vodka at home. This recipe has enough tomato to give the sauce a nice kick without overpowering the cream! | HomemadeHooplah.com
Penne alla Vodka
Skip the restaurant and make the best penne alla vodka at home. This recipe has enough tomato to give the sauce a nice kick without overpowering the cream!
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Ingredients
  • 1lb penne pasta
  • 35oz Italian plum tomatoes*
  • 1/4cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp garlicminced
  • 1/2tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1pinch saltto taste
  • 1pinch pepperto taste
  • 1/4cup vodka
  • 1/2cup heavy cream
  • 2tbsp unsalted butteror olive oil
  • 2tbsp parsleyfresh and chopped
  • 3/4cup parmesan cheesegrated, plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare penne pasta per package instructions. Drain pasta and set aside. Prepare the sauce while pasta is cooking.
  2. Add Italian plum tomatoes (and their liquid) to a food processor and pulse until sauce is smooth. Set aside.
  3. Add extra-virgin olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic to skillet and cool until garlic is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour tomato sauce into skillet, stirring to incorporate with the oil. Also stir in crushed red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add vodka to tomato sauce and stir. Bring heat down to a simmer and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add butter to sauce and stir until melted.
  7. Pour in heavy cream and parmesan cheese, stirring sauce well.
  8. Fold in cooked penne pasta. If desired, continue to cook pasta for another 5 minutes so sauce clings to pasta.
  9. Serve pasta immediately with extra parmesan cheese and chopped parsley as garnish.
Recipe Notes

* The Italian plum tomatoes are the key to this recipe, so get them if you can! I've tried making a alla vodka sauce with plain ‘ol tomato sauce and it ended up tasting like marinara. If you're having trouble locating the Italian plum tomatoes, be sure to check the international isle in your grocery store. I used San Marzano brand.

Recipe lightly adapted from Epicurious.