Instant Pot Penne alla Vodka


This penne alla vodka is the perfect comfort food on a busy night! The whole thing comes together in one pot in about 45 minutes. It's a super affordable hearty meal created from pantry staples. Great with a glass of wine. Garnish each serving with Parmesan and fresh flat-leaf parsley.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ cup vodka

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked penne pasta

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Select high temperature setting, and preheat the pot for 1 to 2 minutes. Add butter and oil. Add onion and cook, stirring constantly, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.

  2. Pour in vodka and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Cancel Saute function. Stir in water, penne, and salt. Pour tomatoes over penne; do not stir. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in cream and Parmesan cheese; let stand for 3 minutes. Stir in pepper.

Cook's Note:

You could add shrimp or cooked chicken at the end.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

762 Calories
25g Fat
101g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 762
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1345mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 101g 37%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 201mg 15%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 880mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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