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How to Make Penne Alla Vodka

For a delicious and simple pasta dish, try this recipe for a meal that's sure to please even the toughest critics.


  • Step 1: Heat a large pot of water for the pasta.
  • TIP: Reserve some of the pasta water to dilute your pasta sauce.
  • Step 2: While the water is heating, melt the butter in the skillet over low heat. Add onion and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 3: Slowly stir the vodka into the skillet. Bring the vodka to a simmer, and cook for four minutes.
  • Step 4: Add the tomato puree, heavy cream, salt, and pepper to the skillet, and continue simmering for an additional five minutes, until the onion is soft.
  • TIP: Stir in chopped, cooked ham and two or three drops of hot sauce to add an extra kick to your sauce mixture.
  • Step 5: Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain, and set it aside in a large bowl.
  • Step 6: Pour the sauce mixture from the skillet over the penne pasta. Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top, toss everything together, and serve immediately.
  • FACT: Did you know? Russian vodka production dates back to the ninth century, when it was used primarily as a medicine. It also served as a key ingredient in gunpowder for muskets.

You Will Need

  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2/3 c. vodka
  • 3/4 c. tomato puree
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 c. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • A large pot
  • A large bowl
  • A deep 12-inch skillet
  • 1/4 lb. cooked
  • chopped ham (optional) (optional)
  • Hot sauce (optional) (optional)

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