Penne With Creamy Vodka Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Oh, YUM! I got this from Campbell's Fall Family Favorites magazine...I just HAD to try it -- what with 4 kids and all, I was hoping to "knock them out" with the Vodka! (JUST KIDDING!!!!! LOL!!!!!) No, but seriously, I saw Emeril make something similar to this, so I tried this simplified version, and it was GOOD! Even the kids liked it (although they would have frowned if I told them I put Vodka in it...Hee hee!) NOTE: I usually add 1/2 lb. pepperoni slices, cut into 1/4" strips to the sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well. Return pasta to the saucepot, add salt & pepper to tast and 1 tablespoons butter.
  2. In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, stir the pasta sauce, vodka, basil, and red pepper flakes. Heat over medium heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and gently stir in the cream.
  3. Pour the sauce over the paste. Toss to coat.
  4. Spoon pasta into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
Most Helpful

This was really good!!! I made it using the pepperoni like Stacy has in her notes and it turned out great!!! It was a bit on the spicy side since I simmered the sauce for a while with the pepperoni in it but we LOVED this!!!! Stacy you will be missed!!!

kzbhansen January 01, 2009

Made for ZWT 4. Wonderful sauce! I did not have bottled pasta sauce so used diced canned (drained) tomatoes instead. Also added sauted onions and garlic; and pureed 1/2 the sauce before adding the cream and vodka. Served over cheese ravioli instead of penne. Made a perfect dinner, thanks for sharing!

Galley Wench June 27, 2008

This is delicious pasta and super easy. The only thing I did different was add more red pepper flakes and basil for our tastes. Made for Basil/Nutmeg Italy for ZWT 4

TLu June 02, 2008