Penne and Vodka Sauce


One of the best and easiest recipes I have tried. You can find pancetta at any good Italian deli, try not to substitute as it makes the dish. This is also very good with shrimp added in the last few minutes of simmering. If you like spice, add a dash or 2 of red pepper flakes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ pound thinly sliced pancetta bacon, chopped

  • cup vodka

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta, and saute until lightly browned. Add vodka and stir until it is reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes. Stir every few minutes.

  3. Stir in pasta, and heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

795 Calories
35g Fat
88g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 795
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 929mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 609mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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