This is an easy recipe. The sauce can be made while you cook the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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, cook garlic in olive oil until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking up a bit with fork. Stir in basil, salt and pepper and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in vodka and cook 15 minutes more.

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  • 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.

  • Stir cream into sauce and cook 10 minutes more. Toss with hot pasta.

Nutrition Facts

631.8 calories; protein 12.9g 26% DV; carbohydrates 62.9g 20% DV; fat 35.8g 55% DV; cholesterol 108.7mg 36% DV; sodium 221.4mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2010
Vodka sauces are wonderful and so easy to make! I sauteed some chopped onion in olive oil along with 3 cloves of garlic. I then added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes. I used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes instead of whole and then 2 tsp. of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I also added a bit of parmesan cheese along with the cream and the sauce came out very smooth and oh so good over the penne pasta. Great with garlic bread! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/23/2006
I've made several a la vodka sauces before, however most used tomato puree or just canned tomato sauce. The idea of using whole peeled tomatos in this recipe is a good one, however that's the only thing I would do again from this recipe. There is entirely too much heavy cream used in this recipe. The flavor of the tomatos and the spices was great, but once the heavy cream was added this sauce suddenly became very bland. Not only was the sauce bland, but it was very thin. My recommendation would be to cut the heavy cream in half. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2010
Vodka sauces are wonderful and so easy to make! I sauteed some chopped onion in olive oil along with 3 cloves of garlic. I then added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes. I used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes instead of whole and then 2 tsp. of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I also added a bit of parmesan cheese along with the cream and the sauce came out very smooth and oh so good over the penne pasta. Great with garlic bread! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/23/2006
I've made several a la vodka sauces before, however most used tomato puree or just canned tomato sauce. The idea of using whole peeled tomatos in this recipe is a good one, however that's the only thing I would do again from this recipe. There is entirely too much heavy cream used in this recipe. The flavor of the tomatos and the spices was great, but once the heavy cream was added this sauce suddenly became very bland. Not only was the sauce bland, but it was very thin. My recommendation would be to cut the heavy cream in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
I made this for dinner last night - my husband called it "restaurant quality". With the alterations I made, it was closer to another 5-star recipe on this site, "Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce", with no meat. I recommend using red pepper flakes, 3/4t. salt, crushed or diced tomatoes (vs. whole) and less cream. I added sliced, fresh mushrooms halfway through - oh yum! Adding the red pepper with some salt will eliminate the blandness that other reviewers mentioned. I will make this again with those changes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2006
This is amazing if you mix it together with the penne and let it all cook together at the end for an extra 10 minutes. The sauce thickens and the flavor really comes out. I also used half the amount of cream and about 3/4 lb of pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Absolutely amazing. I varied the recipe just a bit by using crushed, not whole, tomatoes, and about 3/4s of a pint of heavy cream - but everyone went back for thirds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2007
Follow this recipe exactly except: Add 1/2 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes to make it slightly spicy that everyone will like... I personally like 1 tsp. Add the cream and simmer for 5 mins then add the sauce to the noodles and simmer until the sauce turns from watery to sticky... just like making mac and cheese! I also like to add some cooked jumbo shrimp when I add the cream. This recipe is so close to the Penne alla Vodka I order at a very expensive italian restaurant. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2003
I have tried countless recipes for vodka sauce. I've also ordered it at restaurants several times. This is the best vodka sauce I've ever had. My husband and everybody I make it for loves it. It's very easy too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
Wow!! Now I know what to cook for my boyfriend when he comes into town next weekend. I have been experimenting trying to come up with the perfect dinner for him and this one definitely is up to par!! I threw in a dash of red pepper flakes and extra garlic for some heat. I halfed the recipe but accidentally forgot to halve the vodka (yes it WAS an accident!):) but it turned out delicious anyway. Next time i might add some grilled chicken breast and maybe some peas for color. You HAVE to try this recipe you will not be disappointed i promise. Thanks Liarose!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Excellent! I can't recommend this recipe enough. It's easy to make and absolutely delicious. My whole family loved it. I even substituted fat free half and half for the cream and it still tasted wonderful! I probably didn't need to but I also added a dash of red pepper flakes. I can't wait to make this again. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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