Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce

Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst


Simple and delicious, Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce is perfect with a simple salad and a glass of red.


Makes 4 entrée servings or 8 side dish servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes


16 ounces uncooked penne or other short pasta
4 pancetta slices or thick bacon slices
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Garnishes: Parmesan cheese shavings, fresh basil leaves


1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta, and drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.

3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in oil, shallots, garlic, and red pepper; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until shallots are tender.

4. Stir in vodka; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in stock and next 4 ingredients, and simmer 15 more minutes.

5. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream, basil, and pancetta. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. (Do not boil.) Spoon pasta into serving bowls; top with sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Julia Dowling Rutland,

Coastal Living

May 2014
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