Recipe By Amber Linke
Published Jun 8th
Prep 10m Cook 45m Additional - Ready In 55m
Servings 8 servings Calories 560.1

An amazing Italian dish!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 fresh whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir fresh tomatoes, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until onion is tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir canned tomatoes and tomato paste into the tomato-onion mixture, breaking down the whole tomatoes with a fork. Mix basil, salt, and pepper into the tomato mixture; simmer until liquid has slightly reduced, 15 minutes.
  2. 2 Stir vodka into the tomato mixture; simmer vodka sauce until slightly reduced, 15 minutes. Stir cream into vodka sauce and cook until heated through, 15 minutes.
  3. 3 Bring a large pot with lightly salted water and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain. Fold pasta into vodka sauce to coat.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 560.1
  • Carbohydrate 58.9 g
  • Cholesterol 81.5 mg
  • Fat 29.2 g
  • Fiber 5.6 g
  • Protein 12.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 14.8 g
  • Sodium 501.4 mg
  • Sugar 11.2 g


  1. Good but not great IMO. I found it to be just a bit bland (not sure how with that much garlic). I added some crushed red pepper and that helped a bit. I think next time I will saute my spicy Italian sausage first and then cook the onion garlic and tomatoes in the rendered - Read more ...
  2. Made this easy recipe last night for my family and they raved about it! I subbed in white zinfandel instead of vodka as I didn't have any around. This fed 3 of us with lots of sauce left over for another meal. Sooooo yummy!!
  3. We very much enjoyed this recipe. It definitely makes enough for two meals for a family of 4! It could use some red pepper flakes to spice it up a little.
  4. This recipe is great. I would highly recommend adding 1 tsp of red pepper flakes when adding the basil. It gives the recipe a perfect kick when combined with and neutralized by the cream.
  5. Delish! Followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing! Cannot wait to make it again! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!!!
  6. Wow! This is by far the best penne vodka recipe I have tried! the sauce is actually thick enough for my picky vodka sauce daughter! I pureed the onions and garlic with the tomato after sauteing and it was thick even then. I was unsure about the amount of onion and garlic but it was - Read more ...
  7. Fantastic recipe. Easy to prepare. A BIG hit at my daughter's birthday dinner.
  8. This was so easy to make and it tasted GREAT! I can't wait to make it again; my family LOVED it. Th only problem was that I didn't make enough:)
  9. I followed this recipe (almost) to the letter. It's EXCELLENT as written! Don't be afraid of the amounts of onion & garlic the flavors all work together so well nothing overpowers anything else imho. The only thing I did to "own" the dish was to use 1/4c Sriracha vodka and 1/4c plain vodka. I also - Read more ...
  10. DELICIOUS! Best Sauce I've ever made and eaten. Tastes like my favorite Italian restaurant sauce. I didn't change a thing in this recipe. My kids are already asking for it again. thank you!!!

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