LJ's Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce


This is the best (and easiest) vodka sauce recipe I've found. I've given it out at least twenty times, and everyone raves about it!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup vodka

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup light cream

  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound penne pasta


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for an additional minute.

  2. Stir the vodka, crushed tomatoes and light cream into the onion mixture, turn heat to high, and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir in the Romano cheese and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season finished sauce with salt and pepper.

  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and pour vodka sauce over, tossing to coat pasta with the sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

813 Calories
29g Fat
102g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 813
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 21mg 103%
Calcium 315mg 24%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 916mg 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.