An amazing Italian dish!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir fresh tomatoes, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until onion is tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir canned tomatoes and tomato paste into the tomato-onion mixture, breaking down the whole tomatoes with a fork. Mix basil, salt, and pepper into the tomato mixture; simmer until liquid has slightly reduced, 15 minutes.

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  • Stir vodka into the tomato mixture; simmer vodka sauce until slightly reduced, 15 minutes. Stir cream into vodka sauce and cook until heated through, 15 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot with lightly salted water and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain. Fold pasta into vodka sauce to coat.

Nutrition Facts

560 calories; protein 12.2g 25% DV; carbohydrates 58.9g 19% DV; fat 29.2g 45% DV; cholesterol 81.5mg 27% DV; sodium 501.4mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2014
This was so easy to make and it tasted GREAT! I can't wait to make it again; my family LOVED it. Th only problem was that I didn't make enough:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2019
Good but not great IMO. I found it to be just a bit bland (not sure how with that much garlic). I added some crushed red pepper and that helped a bit. I think next time I will saute my spicy Italian sausage first and then cook the onion garlic and tomatoes in the rendered fat. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2014
This was so easy to make and it tasted GREAT! I can't wait to make it again; my family LOVED it. Th only problem was that I didn't make enough:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2014
I followed this recipe (almost) to the letter. It's EXCELLENT as written! Don't be afraid of the amounts of onion & garlic the flavors all work together so well nothing overpowers anything else imho. The only thing I did to "own" the dish was to use 1/4c Sriracha vodka and 1/4c plain vodka. I also only had a half-pint heavy cream so mixed it with 2% milk... it had no deleterious effect on the final product. Simple. Delicious. My favorite kind of dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2015
This recipe is great. I would highly recommend adding 1 tsp of red pepper flakes when adding the basil. It gives the recipe a perfect kick when combined with and neutralized by the cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2014
DELICIOUS! Best Sauce I've ever made and eaten. Tastes like my favorite Italian restaurant sauce. I didn't change a thing in this recipe. My kids are already asking for it again. thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2014
Fantastic recipe. Easy to prepare. A BIG hit at my daughter's birthday dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2015
We very much enjoyed this recipe. It definitely makes enough for two meals for a family of 4! It could use some red pepper flakes to spice it up a little. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2014
Wow! This is by far the best penne vodka recipe I have tried! the sauce is actually thick enough for my picky vodka sauce daughter! I pureed the onions and garlic with the tomato after sauteing and it was thick even then. I was unsure about the amount of onion and garlic but it was perfect! The only thing I may add is a pinch of red pepper flakes since my daughter likes the spiciness of that addition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2014
Delish! Followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing! Cannot wait to make it again! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2016
Made this easy recipe last night for my family and they raved about it! I subbed in white zinfandel instead of vodka as I didn't have any around. This fed 3 of us with lots of sauce left over for another meal. Sooooo yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2019
Good but not great IMO. I found it to be just a bit bland (not sure how with that much garlic). I added some crushed red pepper and that helped a bit. I think next time I will saute my spicy Italian sausage first and then cook the onion garlic and tomatoes in the rendered fat. Read More