This is one of my favorite recipes to make. I worked at a authentic Italian restaurant and my boss showed me how to make this. I have been making it now for 8 years and I can not get enough of it!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain. Transfer to a serving dish.

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  • Pour canned tomatoes into skillet over medium heat; stir in tomato sauce, vodka, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until alcohol is completely cooked off, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in cream and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Remove sauce from heat.

  • Pour sauce over penne pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Note:

This sauce is not sweet, just so you know. Some people prefer it sweet but that's not how this recipe is. Also, I recommend putting a teaspoon of sugar in the sauce to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

486 calories; protein 13.1g 26% DV; carbohydrates 60.5g 20% DV; fat 17.5g 27% DV; cholesterol 57.3mg 19% DV; sodium 372mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2018
I've made this dish twice. I followed the directions exactly. one time, I used plain canned tomatoes, the other time, as the recipe states, I used the San Marzano tomatoes. The difference is noticeable. Use the San Marzano to get this dish tasting perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2013
Terrific. I loved it and so did my girlfriend. - I added about a teaspoon of red pepper flakes for a little extra spice, - I used angel hair pasta b/c that's what I had on hand - I added a teaspoon of sugar as suggested Otherwise left as is. Really tasty. Thanks, Brianna! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2018
I've made this dish twice. I followed the directions exactly. one time, I used plain canned tomatoes, the other time, as the recipe states, I used the San Marzano tomatoes. The difference is noticeable. Use the San Marzano to get this dish tasting perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2017
Good base recipe. Adding just a pinch of cayenne helps and add more if you'd like it spicier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2016
Terrific recipe I made it exactly a called for with the Tsp of Sugar as well from the cook's note! This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
This was heavenly! I altered it a little bit, using crushed tomatoes and adding a teaspoon of sugar. This recipe is definitely on my list of keepers! So delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2018
This is the best vodka sauce I've ever had hands down! I used half and half instead of cream and the sauce was perfect. It didn't make as much as I anticipated so next time I will double the recipe but I wouldn't change anything else. Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2012
This recipe was delish! I made a cple changes to make it a little sweet tho I added sugar as I went to make it to my liking but overall very good! mI have made it several times and its always a hit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2013
This was easy and delicious!I made some adjustments. I did not have San Marzano plum tomatoes so I used a can of crushed tomatoes. I doubled the garlic because I love garlic. I sauteed the garlic and spices in a little olive oil before adding the tomatoes to release all the flavors. I used fresh basil because I am growing it in my garden and have an abundance. I had light cream instead of heavy cream so that's what I used. I added about a teaspoon of sugar as others had suggested and it was perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2019
Even my picky husband liked it! I usually include meat and veggies in my pasta sauce so I first cooked about a lb of sweet Italian sausage and chopped up some raw asparagus and added them to the sauce. The meat made the sauce hardy and the asparagus added a bit of color and texture. If I don t have asparagus next time I may throw in a handful of frozen peas. Thanks for this recipe. Read More