Penne in a rose sauce with bacon, deglazed with vodka. Skol!

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and drain the penne pasta. Set aside.

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  • In a pan or skillet, sweat thinly sliced onions, crushed garlic and bacon.

  • Add diced tomato and deglaze (cook until alcohol has evaporated) with vodka. Add crushed tomatoes and cream.

  • Reduce sauce until thickened and season with salt and pepper. Add to pasta, toss and serve. Bon appetite!

Nutrition Facts

772.8 calories; 20.3 g protein; 70.1 g carbohydrates; 103.3 mg cholesterol; 701 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2007
I am a huge pasta lover and let me say I was not disappointed with this dish! Substituted Italian pancetta for actual bacon added in a pinch of Italian seasoning and used rotini spirals since we didn't have any penne but it never marred the taste a bit enhanced it if anything. Warning: 12 ounces of pasta makes a lot so double the amount of water needed. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2003
I only rated this recipe as a three out of confusion. When I made this last week by fiance adored it and said it was the best vodka sauce he ever had... while on the other hand I couldn't even eat one serving of it because all I could taste was bacon which was gross. I guess that if you love bacon this is a good recipe because my fiance made me promise not to get rid of the recipe so that I could make it down the road again for him. I DID add some parmesan cheese to the sauce... because it really needed a little something extra. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2007
I am a huge pasta lover and let me say I was not disappointed with this dish! Substituted Italian pancetta for actual bacon added in a pinch of Italian seasoning and used rotini spirals since we didn't have any penne but it never marred the taste a bit enhanced it if anything. Warning: 12 ounces of pasta makes a lot so double the amount of water needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2002
This was my first attempt at an a la vodka sauce and my entire family went back for seconds! I did make some changes though. After the addition of the chopped tomatoes I took my immersion blender to the mixture as both my teenage sons won't go near any visible onion or tomato chunks. Once pureed I knew I'd get it past their lips! I did leave the crushed tomato bits in though. I also added 1/2 tsp. dried basil for a touch of color. I used half & half and ended up using almost 3 cups. Delish! Diane:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2003
I only rated this recipe as a three out of confusion. When I made this last week by fiance adored it and said it was the best vodka sauce he ever had... while on the other hand I couldn't even eat one serving of it because all I could taste was bacon which was gross. I guess that if you love bacon this is a good recipe because my fiance made me promise not to get rid of the recipe so that I could make it down the road again for him. I DID add some parmesan cheese to the sauce... because it really needed a little something extra. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2003
This was one of the best vodka sauces I have ever tasted. Before I added the pasta I couldn't stop tasting it! It is great for a crowd since it can be prepared ahead of time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
GREAT dish...one of my favs. I modify a little sometimes using regular spaghetti sauce instead of crushed tomatoes and a can of diced tomatoes...all the same basic idea. Usually use less onion and never skimp on the garlic. Love this meal with kielbasa sausage or shrimp. Yum!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2008
I have tried many many different Penne a la Vodka recipes and this is by far THE BEST I have yet to encounter! Although I didn't follow the recipe EXACTLY I would never have thought of making it like this otherwise. I used Center cut bacons (b/c that's what I had in hand but I realize using regular bacon may be too strong of a flavor and you cut a lot of fat by using Center cut). I also only use San Marzano Tomato Sauce or Peeled Tomatoes because they are less salty and every chef I know recommends them. I also did not use fresh tomatoes because I just happened to miss that part but it was great nonetheless. As for heavy cream I never measure the full amount because it's usually too heavy for me so I just eyeball it for color and my preference in flavor for the heavy cream. Thank you so much for the recipe I will never have to look up another Penne a la Vodka sauce recipe again!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2007
This was very good and very rich. The flavor was excellent. Next time I'll saute the bacon separately so that it will crisp up. Thank you Matt and Dave! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2004
I LOVED this sauce and so did my family. I was looking for a rose sauce and found this. YUM!! The 1st time I made it I had everything on hand except for the vodka so I left that out and it was still excellent. I think I'll make it for dinner tonight!:o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2002
I made this for my in laws after I had tried a similar recipe while vacationing in Italy. It was a huge hit with everyone. I will definately make it again. Read More
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