Penne alla Vodka

Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

A quick creamy tomato and vodka pasta sauce served with penne.


  • 2 14.5-ounce cans Hunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 large shallot, minced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Start water boiling, add enough salt to make water taste briny and cook penne according to package instructions
  2. While pasta water is heating up, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic and shallots and cook till soft. Add tomatoes and their juices plus crushed red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes. Add vodka and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes (longer if you want to ensure all alcohol has evaporated). Stir in cream and basil, then add drained pasta. Mix in Parmesan. Gently heat until sauce is hot.
  3. Serve immediately. Pass extra Parmesan to top pasta if desired.


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