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San Marzano Penne Vodka

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"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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40 m servings 486
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Per Serving: 486 calories; 17.5 60.5 13.1 57 372 Full nutrition

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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 teas...

Good base recipe. Adding just a pinch of cayenne helps, and add more if you'd like it spicier.

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!

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...

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 re...

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 not...

This was better after adding 2 tsp. of sugar. I also added some frozen turkey Italian meatballs and fresh parsley over the top.

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!

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 garl...