Penne a la Vodka

I created this recipe a few years ago and it has become such a hit that people coming to my house for dinner routinely request it. Again, it’s simple and easy to make (since I have a two-year old and very little time for elaborate meals), yet it tastes like you were cooking all day. Try this one! It’s delicious!

Penne a la Vodka

Ingredients (Feel free to adjust proportions to suit your liking):

1 package of penne

3 tbsp. of butter

3/4 cup of pancetta

2-3 shots of high quality Vodka

12 oz. tomato sauce

1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

Parmesan cheese, to garnish


1. Cook penne until it is almost done. Set aside.

2. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a pan.

3. Saute 3/4 cup of pancetta in butter until pancetta browns (~5 min).

4. Add 2 – 3 shots of vodka to the pan. Stir until alcohol burns off (~3 min).

5. Add 12 oz. tomato sauce and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream to the pan. Mix well.

6. Stir penne into the pan.

7. Plate and garnish with parmesan cheese.

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