This is a delicious and creamy sauce that can be served over penne pasta.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt better with oil; add onion and saute for 8 minutes or until transparent.

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  • Add tomatoes and cook for 25 minutes or until almost no liquid remains in skillet; stir frequently.

  • Increase heat and add cream, vodka and red pepper flakes; boil for 2 minutes or until thickened to sauce consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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

  • Bring sauce to a simmer and pour over pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; serve.

Nutrition Facts

764 calories; protein 19.2g 39% DV; carbohydrates 93.5g 30% DV; fat 31.7g 49% DV; cholesterol 91.3mg 30% DV; sodium 396.2mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2008
YUM!! This turned out amazing!! I was trying to match Maggiano's Tomato Vodka sauce that they serve on their gnocchi, so I made the following changes. I added 3 tablespoons of jarred minced garlic with the onions, used italian diced tomatoes, doubled the red pepper flakes and finished it off with 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil. Served this over the "quick gnocchi" from this site. Absolutely amazing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2008
I was expecting this to be like the local restaurants here in town which I love! Well it was a disappointment. To me it was to sour tasting. It was not sweet enough or creamy enough. Read More
(7)
170 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2008
YUM!! This turned out amazing!! I was trying to match Maggiano's Tomato Vodka sauce that they serve on their gnocchi, so I made the following changes. I added 3 tablespoons of jarred minced garlic with the onions, used italian diced tomatoes, doubled the red pepper flakes and finished it off with 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil. Served this over the "quick gnocchi" from this site. Absolutely amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2004
This was an awesome recipe. I didn't think it would go over too well with my husband who is absolutely sick of pasta but he LOVED it! I added 1/4 cup more heavy cream and 1/8 cup more vodka because we like saucy pasta. In addition I always make pasta with garlic weather it calls for it or not so I added one clove of minced garlic to this recipe as well as doubled the parmesan cheese (you can never have too much cheese!). I am definately making this dish again. Thanks Denise for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2008
I prepared this recipe for Christmas Day. It went over very well. The 2nd. time I made it though I added the vodka once my onions were soft & found it better & not so strong. It's definitly a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2009
Delicious! I sauteed some minced garlic along with the onion and used crushed tomatoes. I used 1/2 c. of vodka and added 1 Tbsp. of basil and 1 tsp. of oregano along with a couple of teaspoons of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I put the parmesan right in the sauce - about 1/4 cup. It came out velvety smooth and was very rich. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2007
This recipe is incredible but a bit too rich. In order to tone it down a little I use light cream instead of heavy whipping cream. Also I like a vodka sauce that is heavier on the vodka so I double up vodka. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
I made this last night and it has become our new favorite pasta sauce! We had it over Campanelli pasta (a tubular pasta). The only change I made was to add 1/2 teaspoon of the canned minced garlic (about 1 clove) when I added the onions. Next time I may mash the tomatoes a little bit or buy canned crushed tomatoes. Served it with garlic bread on the side. Thanks for an awesome recipe! Edit I found I like the consistancy the best when I use petite diced tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2002
This is one of the most delicious pasta dishes ever! I made it for company and it couldn't have been a bigger hit. I added a clove of garlic to the recipe and garnished the plate with chopped fresh basil. It looked beautiful! Next time I might try adding shrimp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2007
I thought this recipe was delicious. I didn't have the diced tomatoes on hand so I used the crushed. It turned out perfect! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2008
I was expecting this to be like the local restaurants here in town which I love! Well it was a disappointment. To me it was to sour tasting. It was not sweet enough or creamy enough. Read More
(7)
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