Simple Penne Alla Vodka

READY IN: 28mins
Recipe by graffeetee

A good weeknight choice, this is my version of the classic dish.

Top Review by SusieQusie

The only thing _simple_ about this dish is the prep - certainly not the sophisticated flavor! I made just as written except for sautéing some minced garlic with the onion. I was liberal with the hot pepper flakes - probably closer to 1 tsp by the time I was through. The finished sauce was _silky_ in texture and coated the pasta like a dream. The prosciutto added a smoky/salty backnote. I think a key step here is cooking off the alcohol before adding the tomatoes and cream. Others I've tasted were almost bitter from the vodka. This is truly gourmet in less than 30 minutes! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I'm sure to repeat this one! ;-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute the onion in the combined butter and olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add the prosciutto and saute an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add vodka and cook on high heat for 4 minutes.
  4. Add tomato puree and red pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add cream and simmer for an additional 1 minute.
  6. Salt to taste. Toss with hot cooked penne and Parmesan cheese. Serve extra Parmesan on the table if desired.

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