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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...

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...

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

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...

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...

Sooooo yummy!! I’ve never made a red sauce with cream. I added red pepper flakes because I like some spice in my pasta. Definitely in my top 3 most delicious pastas I’ve made

it turned out well. the only thing was I didn't let it simmer long enough so the vodka was l bit strong. next time I'll know better.

I kicked it up a notched with some cherry peppers.