This easy and delicious Penne Alla Vodka recipe is ready in 20 minutes or less and is the perfect quick weeknight dinner idea for the family. Vegetarian too
Easy And Delicious Penne Alla Vodka
This Easy And Delicious Penne Alla Vodka is creamy, rich, and full of flavor. Some people refer to it as “pink sauce” since tomato sauce is combined with cream creating the beautiful color. I added sundried tomatoes to give the dish body and a different texture with every bite.
If you’re afraid to serving this to children because of the alcohol content, don’t worry. When the vodka is added to the skillet, I allow the alcohol to evaporate leaving only the delicious flavor of the drink. It’s the same principle as cooking with wine.
This dish is for me is a type of comfort food. It reminds me of home, dining with my family, our Sunday cookout tradition. With every forkful, you will feel the love of family and the feeling of togetherness.
I tried Penne Alla Vodka a few years ago in an Italian Restaurant and instantly got hooked. I tried guessing what ingredients it contained and after a couple of tries (ok maybe 3-4 times) I was able to recreate the dish at home, since then, it has been a hit with my husband and children as well.
You can make the vodka sauce in advance and just heat up at the last minute, this makes it perfect for entertaining without the mess and the fuss.
Finally, I hope you can try this delicious Bolognese Sauce Recipe at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet. I promise to repost it.
- 1 lb Penne Rigate cooked and drained
- 1 cup vodka
- 15 oz pasta Sauce
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- teaspoon Pinch of red pepper flakes I added 1/2
- 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated (more if you'd like)
- 2-3 Tablespoons parsley chopped
- Salt + Pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons butter
In a large heavy skillet, place the butter and olive oil over medium heat
Add the garlic, onion and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper
Cook until the onion has softened. 2-3 minutes
Carefully remove the skillet from the stove and pour the vodka
Return the skillet to the stove and cook until the liquid has reduced by half
Add the ragu homestyle sauce and the sundried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper
Cook the sauce until it starts to boil
Add the cream and mix until the sauce begins to simmer. Check for seasoning
Add the cooked pasta and toss until combined
Top with cheese and parsley
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