Penne and Vodka Sauce

Penne and Vodka Sauce


"One of the best and easiest recipes I have tried. You can find pancetta at any good Italian deli, try not to substitute as it makes the dish. This is also very good with shrimp added in the last few minutes of simmering. If you like spice, add a dash or 2 of red pepper flakes."


25 m servings 795 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 795 kcal
  • 40%
  • Fat:
  • 35.2 g
  • 54%
  • Carbs:
  • 87.9g
  • 28%
  • Protein:
  • 23.9 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Sodium:
  • 929 mg
  • 37%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta, and saute until lightly browned. Add vodka and stir until it is reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
  3. Stir in pasta, and heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
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  1. 576 Ratings


I wanted to reduce calories without sacrificing flavor in this recipe, so I substituted fat-free half and half for the heavy cream - no discernable difference in taste and greatly reduced the fa...

We love this one so much that I made it the night I asked her to marry me! We use fat free half and half also, and don't miss anything. I've tried it with regular bacon in a pinch, and it's de...

Made this for our best friend's wedding anniversary celebration and it was beyond fabulous. They, along with my family, are asking for this dish constantly, even the picky kids liked it. Had a l...

I have tried other vodka sauces and always come back to this one. I add one small onion chopped,some garlic and sprinkle chives on the top. We love it!

Wow...I don't know where I went wrong with this recipe. I used all top-notch ingredients...imported pancetta, top-shelf vodka, high quality tomato sauce, real just wasn'...

This is a wonderful recipe! It was one of the most delicous vodka sauces I have ever tasted and it was so easy to make! I added two cloves of garlic (minced) in with the pancetta and sprinkled...

I just made this tonight. I didn't feel like having penne so I made blackened chicken with mushrooms covered in this sauce. Heaven on a plate.

This easy & tastes so good. I am giving my version a four as I did not have pancetta - used regular bacon and diced onion & garlic, near the end a pinch of herbs. I also served with chicken & ...

This recipe is definitely a 5 star! It caught my eye and I decided to take a chance and make it for a large amount of people for Mothers Day. It couldn't have come out better. Even thripling th...