Vodka Pasta a la Guido


Penne with a rich, spicy pink sauce. Save it for special occasions. Your family or friends will think you slaved for hours to create it. Increase or decrease the red pepper flakes to your taste.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 2 (16 ounce) packages penne pasta

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 ⅓ cups vodka

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. stir in vodka and red pepper flakes; heat for 2 minutes. Increase heat to high, and add drained tomatoes; cook, stirring to break up tomatoes for 5 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, reduce heat to medium high, and cook, stirring for 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese until blended. Toss with cooked penne until evenly coated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

878 Calories
39g Fat
92g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 878
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 51%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 92g 33%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 238mg 18%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 654mg 14%

* 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.