Recipe By Denise H. Shaffer
Published Feb 2nd
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 4 servings Calories 763.9

This is a delicious and creamy sauce that can be served over penne pasta.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can canned peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large skillet over medium heat, melt better with oil; add onion and saute for 8 minutes or until transparent.
  2. 2 Add tomatoes and cook for 25 minutes or until almost no liquid remains in skillet; stir frequently.
  3. 3 Increase heat and add cream, vodka and red pepper flakes; boil for 2 minutes or until thickened to sauce consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. 4 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  5. 5 Bring sauce to a simmer and pour over pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 763.9
  • Carbohydrate 93.5 g
  • Cholesterol 91.3 mg
  • Fat 31.7 g
  • Fiber 6 g
  • Protein 19.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 17 g
  • Sodium 396.2 mg
  • Sugar 9.9 g


  1. Delicious! I sauteed some minced garlic along with the onion and used crushed tomatoes. I used 1/2 c. of vodka and added 1 Tbsp. of basil and 1 tsp. of oregano along with a couple of teaspoons of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I put the parmesan right in the sauce - - Read more ...
  2. I was expecting this to be like the local restaurants here in town which I love! Well it was a disappointment. To me it was to sour tasting. It was not sweet enough or creamy enough.
  3. YUM!! This turned out amazing!! I was trying to match Maggiano's Tomato Vodka sauce that they serve on their gnocchi, so I made the following changes. I added 3 tablespoons of jarred minced garlic with the onions, used italian diced tomatoes, doubled the red pepper flakes and finished it off with 1/3 cup chopped fresh - Read more ...
  4. I prepared this recipe for Christmas Day. It went over very well. The 2nd. time I made it though I added the vodka once my onions were soft & found it better & not so strong. It's definitly a keeper!
  5. I thought this recipe was delicious. I didn't have the diced tomatoes on hand so I used the crushed. It turned out perfect!
  6. This recipe is incredible but a bit too rich. In order to tone it down a little I use light cream instead of heavy whipping cream. Also I like a vodka sauce that is heavier on the vodka so I double up vodka.
  7. I made this last night and it has become our new favorite pasta sauce! We had it over Campanelli pasta (a tubular pasta). The only change I made was to add 1/2 teaspoon of the canned minced garlic (about 1 clove) when I added the onions. Next time I may mash the tomatoes a little - Read more ...
  8. This was an awesome recipe. I didn't think it would go over too well with my husband who is absolutely sick of pasta but he LOVED it! I added 1/4 cup more heavy cream and 1/8 cup more vodka because we like saucy pasta. In addition I always make pasta with garlic weather it calls - Read more ...
  9. This is one of the most delicious pasta dishes ever! I made it for company and it couldn't have been a bigger hit. I added a clove of garlic to the recipe and garnished the plate with chopped fresh basil. It looked beautiful! Next time I might try adding shrimp.

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