Low Fat Penne a La Vodka

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a low fat version of Fabulous Penne a La Vodka, requested by Mosma in the "Lighten up your favorite comfort food" game. If you don't care for mushrooms, just omit them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium to medium high heat in a large saucepan. Saute onion until starting to brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer on low to medium low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. During this time, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute the mushrooms and hot pepper flakes about 5 minutes. Reserve pan.
  4. Add tomato paste to tomato sauce and mix well. Stir in vodka and mushrooms and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. Start water to boil for pasta.
  6. Add milk to sauce and incorporate well. Cook another 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep sauce at a low simmer while cooking pasta.
  7. Cook whole wheat pasta until al dente, about 15 minutes. Drain pasta.
  8. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet (you can use the same pan you cooked the mushrooms in). Add pasta and stir to glaze. Add parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly. Stir in sauce. Garnish with basil, and serve.


Most Helpful

I was searching and searching for a lowfat vodka sauce and lo and behold! I added a ton of garlic because I am a garlic-girl but other than that, my mom (yes, my MOM) raved about this as the best thing I've ever made. So, thanks! This one's a keeper! Ps. Makes for a great pre-race pasta dinner!

christieo_7 February 04, 2009

This was excellent. I did add just a few garlic cloves and used the skim milk. I also added a few Tbls of parmesan cheese. It tasted just as flavorful as the vodka penne I've had at some very nice italien restaurants. Very easy to put together. Will make this a staple.

Jennifer R. October 11, 2013

Very good!! Will make this again. Only thing I did different was to add some garlic. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!! FYI - One of those little bottles of Vodka you get at the liquor store measures 1/4 c exactly. The last one I bought was about $1.00.

mammafishy March 29, 2011

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