Recipe By Dawn
Published Feb 16th
Prep 10m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 6 servings Calories 653.6

Penne or rigatoni served in a vodka cream sauce. So easy and when you make it, everyone is so impressed! The sauce can made a day in advance, which really brings out all the flavors.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. 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 and reserve.
  2. 2 In a large saucepan melt butter over medium low heat; add vodka, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. 3 Blend in tomato sauce, tomato paste and cream; increase heat to bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. 4 Reduce heat to very low and stir in cheese; add cooked pasta and more cheese, if desired. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 653.6
  • Carbohydrate 62.4 g
  • Cholesterol 97.9 mg
  • Fat 33.1 g
  • Fiber 3.7 g
  • Protein 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 19.9 g
  • Sodium 497.3 mg
  • Sugar 7.1 g


  1. I just made this meal for my boyfriend and we loved it! I modified the recipe slightly. I added garlic to the butter as it melted to give it more flavor and a can of crushed tomatoes with Italian seasoning for texture as the other tomato items were added. I also chopped up about eight - Read more ...
  2. this is my favorite recipe EVER. Comes out perfect every time!
  3. Very good. DH and I thought this was a nice change from the regular marinara sauce (even if it did look a little too much like tomato soup LOL). I added frozen Italian meatballs and chopped mushrooms to the sauce while it cooked. We really liked the flavor. Thanks
  4. Hi this is Dawn if your meal tasted too much like vodka chances are you did not simmer it long enough. The vodka taste burns off! Enjoy
  5. We didn't like this at all. There was an after-taste that was not appealing. I will not make this again.
  6. Fantastic! I used ground red pepper instead of the flakes. I also accidentally doubled the amount of red pepper but it came out perfect for us! We love spice. Thanks for such a great and easy recipe.
  7. Very yummy and easy to boot. I like that it's quick and also made with ingredients I usually have on hand. I did add a bit of garlic and a bit of ground oregano to round the sauce out. I served this topped with strips of pan-friend prosciutto. Our guest my two toddlers my husband - Read more ...
  8. Great! But I had to leave out the crushed red pepper in my next batch for the pennevodkophiles.
  9. WOW..Thats the 1st word that popped into my head once I made & tried this recipe. Put it this way now at every famiy function it is my duty to make this. I scaled it to 25 people & had it for a christening & a 50th bday party. Very rich & so tasty. I - Read more ...
  10. This was delicious!! Everyone loved it and I can't thank you enough for sharing such a great recipe!!

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