Penne a la Vodka I

Penne a la Vodka I

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Matt and Dave
Recipe by  Matt and Dave

“Penne in a rose sauce with bacon, deglazed with vodka. Skol!”

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Original recipe yields 4 to 6 servings



  1. Cook and drain the penne pasta. Set aside.
  2. In a pan or skillet, sweat thinly sliced onions, crushed garlic and bacon.
  3. Add diced tomato and deglaze (cook until alcohol has evaporated) with vodka. Add crushed tomatoes and cream.
  4. Reduce sauce until thickened and season with salt and pepper. Add to pasta, toss and serve. Bon appetite!

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I am a huge pasta lover, and let me say, I was not disappointed with this dish! Substituted Italian pancetta for actual bacon, added in a pinch of Italian seasoning and used rotini spirals since we didn't have any penne, but it never marred the taste a bit, enhanced it if anything. Warning: 12 ounces of pasta makes a lot, so double the amount of water needed.



This was my first attempt at an a la vodka sauce and my entire family went back for seconds! I did make some changes, though. After the addition of the chopped tomatoes, I took my immersion blender to the mixture as both my teenage sons won't go near any visible onion or tomato chunks. Once pureed, I knew I'd get it past their lips! I did leave the crushed tomato bits in though. I also added 1/2 tsp. dried basil for a touch of color. I used half & half and ended up using almost 3 cups. Delish! Diane :-)



I only rated this recipe as a three out of confusion. When I made this last week by fiance adored it, and said it was the best vodka sauce he ever had . . . while on the other hand I couldn't even eat one serving of it because all I could taste was bacon, which was gross. I guess that if you love bacon this is a good recipe, because my fiance made me promise not to get rid of the recipe so that I could make it down the road again for him. I DID add some parmesan cheese to the sauce . . . because it really needed a little something extra.

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Amount Per Serving (5 total)

  • Calories
  • 773 cal
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 45 g
  • 69%
  • Carbs
  • 70.1 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Cholesterol
  • 103 mg
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 701 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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