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Penne with Vodka Sauce and Bacon

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"In this recipe, tomato sauce is spiked a few shots of vodka and served with crispy bacon."
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35 m servings 527
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.
  2. Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Return saucepan to medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to high; add vodka and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by 1/2, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook sauce until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta; top with the sauce and sprinkle with the bacon, basil, and black pepper.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For a lighter meal, use half-and-half instead of heavy cream and opt for whole wheat penne.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 527 calories; 10.1 81.2 17.2 25 403 Full nutrition

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Delicious! I used more bacon than called for and added just a touch of sugar to the sauce to cut the acidity. The whole family raved over this..a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)