Vodka Blush Penne (& Smoked Salmon)

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


This is scrumptious. I love it w/ smoked salmon flaked & added to it. My son likes it without, so it is your choice. Your kitchen will smell lovely cooking this dish!


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
30 Min


  • 1 Tbsp
    ex vir oo
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2
    small or 1 large shallot(s), minced
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    chicken broth
  • 1
    28-oz can plum tonatoes, crushed
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 lb
    penne, cooked al dente (i like mezze penne-the smaller)
  • 1/2 bunch
    fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • ·
    fresh grated parm, salt & pepper

How to Make Vodka Blush Penne (& Smoked Salmon)


  1. Melt butter & oil over med heat. Add shallots & garlic & toss about 2-3 mins. (Don't burn garlic!) Remove from heat.
  2. Add vodka & stir. Return to heat. Cook & stir about 7 mins until vodka reduces by half. Add broth & tomatoes (w/juice) & boil. Reduce heat & season w/ salt & pepper. Simmer 20-25 minutes.
  3. Whisk in cream & bring to light boil. Remove from heat. Add pasta & basil & toss. Serve w/ Parm on top. NOTE: If you prefer to add smoked salmon, sautee lightly & then place atop or in sauce directly. Yum. :)

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About Vodka Blush Penne (& Smoked Salmon)

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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