Penne With Vodka



Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes


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.