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LJ's Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce

LJ's Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce

  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    2 h 20 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 30 m
LJ Marinello

LJ Marinello

This is the best (and easiest) vodka sauce recipe I've found. I've given it out at least twenty times, and everyone raves about it!

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  • Calories:
  • 813 kcal
  • 41%
  • Fat:
  • 29 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 102.3g
  • 33%
  • Protein:
  • 25.1 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 566 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for an additional minute.
  2. Stir the vodka, crushed tomatoes and light cream into the onion mixture, turn heat to high, and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir in the Romano cheese and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season finished sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and pour vodka sauce over, tossing to coat pasta with the sauce to serve.
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Jillian
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Jillian

8/17/2009

Wow! This was very good. I sauteed the garlic along with the onion then added the crushed red pepper flakes. After adding the crushed tomatoes I added 1 Tbsp. of basil, 1/4 tsp. of oregano, 1 tsp. of parsley, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of sugar. I also used a good vodka and half and half instead of light cream and parmesan instead of romano (didn't have any on hand). I used 1/2 pound of penne pasta and served this with garlic breadsticks. The sauce was even better the next day!

Lisa from New York
17

Lisa from New York

7/6/2009

If you are reading this review you should know there is no reason to try any other recipe. THIS IS THE BEST and so easy! Some other recipes are overly complicated. This is simple and delicious. Thank you LJ! This is amazing!

Linda
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Linda

12/26/2008

This was absolutely wonderful. We had invited some friends over and I was looking for vegetarian recipes. It was a hit with everyone! I had calculated for 12 people and was afraid there wouldn't be enough when I saw the amount of sauce. I did use only one 1/2 boxes of Penne Pasta but had more than enough for everyone.

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