Penne with Vodka Sauce

Angela (Grammy) Derby


This is the first time I've ever tried making Vodka Sauce, and it won't be the last. Wow! Who knew how easy it is to make.

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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


kosher salt
1 lb. box
penne pasta
1 28 oz. can(s)
crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
olive oil
large shallots, minced
clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1/2 lb.
prosciutto, thinly sliced and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 c
2/3 c
heavy cream
1/2 c
freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
handful of fresh basil leaves, torn, plus more for topping

How to Make Penne with Vodka Sauce


  • 1Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 c. cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  • 2Meanwhile, melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add prosciutto and cook 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vodka, crushed tomatoes and salt to taste. Return the skillet to medium heat and simmer, stirring often, until the alcohol cooks off, about 7 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and basil.
  • 3Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine, adding some of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Season with salt. Serve, topped with more parmesan and basil.

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About Penne with Vodka Sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian