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Penne Alla Vodka

Prep time 4 mins
Cook time 21 mins
Yield 7 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Pasta with a creamy vodka-tomato sauce is a popular American-Italian dish. We've lightened it by using fat-free half-and-half and less olive oil, and we've increased the fiber by using multigrain pasta. The vodka adds a hint of dryness and perhaps a little sophistication, but you could substitute a dry white wine.


  • 10 ounces multigrain penne (such as Barilla Plus)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 245
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • protein 12.4 g
  • carbohydrate 32.6 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 304 mg
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • calcium 174 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

  2. While pasta cooks, combine 1/4 cup half-and-half and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup half-and-half.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and next 3 ingredients, and cook 5 minutes. Add half-and-half mixture; cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.

  4. Place pasta in a large bowl; add tomato mixture and cheese. Toss well.

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