January 5, 2009

weekly recipe experiment-penne a la vodka

Posted in pasta, Weekly Recipe Experiment tagged , at 7:02 pm by Brit

Penne a la vodka recipe from Southern Living September ’06 issue

Prep: 20 min., Cook: 25 min.

Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1  pound  uncooked penne or ziti pasta
  • 2  tablespoons  butter or margarine
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  medium onion, diced
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried crushed red pepper
  • 1  cup  vodka*
  • 1  (14 1/2-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh basil
  • 1  cup  whipping cream
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4  cup  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cracked black pepper to taste



1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Melt butter with oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add red pepper. Remove from heat; stir in vodka. Return to heat; simmer 5 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, and basil; simmer 5 minutes.

4. Stir in cream and salt; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in pasta; cook 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper, and toss. Serve immediately.

*Chicken broth may be substituted.


*Notes: The red peppers made it a little too hot for me personally, but my friend whom I made it for said it was good, so I suppose it’s just personal taste. I also used 1/2 cup of vodka and 1/2 of chicken broth instead and it turned out good.  

Rating: 2 out of 5spoons


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