Penne a la Vodka

May 25, 2009

Another easy pasta dish that’s frequently on our table.

Feeding a crowd tonight, I made two pounds of pasta. It’s easy to make half this amount.

Round up the following:

  • 2 pounds Penne
  • Olive Oil
  • 6 to 8 ounces Prosciutto
  • Garlic, the better part of a whole head, minced
  • 2 large cans Diced Tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Vodka
  • Fresh Basil
  • Cream
  • Parmesan or Asiago

Put a large pot of water on for the penne. In the meantime, dice the Prosciutto. Cut it into strips lengthwise.


Then cut in the other direction, into small chunks. Mince the garlic while you’ve got the cutting board and knife handy.


Barely cover the bottom of a large saute pan with olive oil and heat over medium heat.


Add prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown.


Stir in garlic and cook until it softens.


Stir in tomatoes with all the juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Pour in about a 1/2 cup of vodka and stir. Simmer another 15 minutes or so.


Turn off the heat and add torn basil leaves.


Stir in 1 cup cream. Keep warm over very, very low heat. In the meantime, cook the penne and drain.


Add drained penne to the mixture, stirring well over medium heat until well-blended.


Enjoy! And don’t forget lots of fresh Parmesan at the table.

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1 Lynn Deer June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am

I made this vegetarian style and it was really yummy even without the meat. The red pepper flakes are an excellent accent. Gives it a little bite that we liked! keep those recipes coming!

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2 Lynn Deer June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am

I made this vegetarian style and it was really yummy even without the meat. The red pepper flakes are an excellent accent. Gives it a little bite that we liked! keep those recipes coming!

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3 shari March 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

How the heck do you guys stay skinny when you cook and eat all this yummy stuff??????

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4 ashley March 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

this is delicious!! thank you for such a yummy recipe!

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