I love this recipe for penne alla vodka. I used to work in a restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and we used to make this dish a lot. I have made it for all my friends and family and they all love it too and I thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy!

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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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  • Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain some of the drippings from the skillet. Cook and stir garlic with the bacon until garlic is tender, 1 to 2 minutes.

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  • Stir tomatoes, salt, and pepper into bacon mixture; simmer for 15 minutes. Pour vodka over bacon mixture; simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, 15 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes; drain and transfer pasta to a serving bowl.

  • Stir cream into vodka sauce and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Toss penne and vodka sauce together until coated; sprinkle with nutmeg.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 10.7g 21% DV; carbohydrates 46g 15% DV; fat 9.2g 14% DV; cholesterol 26.3mg 9% DV; sodium 273.1mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2013
Great recipe except it was missing parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. I didn't add the nutmeg to it. The sauce was a little skimpy. I think it needed a little more sauce. I fried the bacon whole and then removed from pan then drained some of the bacon drippings. Then I broke it up into small pieces and added it back to the sauce. It tasted great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2014
I didn't think the bacon went together with this sauce it sounded good but ended up giving it an odd taste maybe I would try it again without the bacon next time Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2013
Great recipe except it was missing parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. I didn't add the nutmeg to it. The sauce was a little skimpy. I think it needed a little more sauce. I fried the bacon whole and then removed from pan then drained some of the bacon drippings. Then I broke it up into small pieces and added it back to the sauce. It tasted great! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
This recipe was very good I normally do not cook with alcohol but the family really enjoyed this dinner. I made this recipe as written except made 3X the pasta. Although increasing the pasta there was plenty of sauce although I will double the sauce next time. I served with garlic bread. Will make again. Do not let the vodka stop you it is so good. This recipe is good for the whole family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2013
This was exceptional! I especially liked the bacon and the secret ingredient...freshly grated nutmeg. I used fresh pasta. Next time I will try it with some freshly chopped parsley or basil for color and a little extra zip. I also will add some chopped onion when frying the bacon. It's a great recipe as is yet very versatile. Thanks...it tastes a lot like they make at Oregano's a fantastic little Italian restaurant in Richmond Hill Ontario. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2014
I didn't think the bacon went together with this sauce it sounded good but ended up giving it an odd taste maybe I would try it again without the bacon next time Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2017
Only because I owned 1/2 cup of cream did I look up a recipe for Penna alla Vodka. We loved the bacon and nutmeg. I didn't change a thing and will definitely add this to my Top 10. My husband asks that next time I add some shrimp. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2014
This recipe had a good taste though the sauce was a little drier than I normally like. Next time I may use not quite the full lb of pasta or I might add a little more cream and vodka. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2019
Yum! Followed the recipe exactly except I added snow peas. Was a huge hit with the family! Read More