Pasta Alla Vodka

Cream, pasta, cheese and vodka…yeah, I’m in.

2010-10-24 Meredith iPhone 074 So easy, so delicious, soooo one of my new favorite recipes. I love to order this when we go out as a “treat,” so making this at home is awesome.

Makes 4 – 6 servings

1 pound pasta
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 
3 cloves garlic, chopped 
3/4 cup Vodka 
15 oz can diced tomato
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese
Handful fresh basil, chopped

Preparation Instructions

Cook the pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add in chopped onion. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for about 1 – 2 minutes.

Add your vodka. Stir and cook for 3 – 5 minutes. Add in tomatoes and half of your basil and stir.

Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Allow to simmer, being careful not to overheat. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water in case sauce is too thick. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, tossing to combine. Splash in a little water if it needs it. Stir in the cheese.

Garnish with basil and more cheese.

So easy, right?

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15 Response to Pasta Alla Vodka

November 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Yum! Creamy pasta sauces are my favorite. And with vodka? Even better. I've never made homemade vodka sauce...definitely going to do so now. Great dish and so easy!

November 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

This is my favorite pasta sauce! Looks so good! :o)

November 29, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Yea, I'm in too! I love this sauce!

November 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

I've never tried vodka and pasta!

November 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM

droool. I love vodka sauce, especially with gnocchi!

November 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Mmmm! This looks very delicious! I will have to go buy some vodka so I can make this! I love Italian dishes so much!

November 30, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I've always wanted to try this! I never knew that the recipe was so easy. Looks delish!

December 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I've never made vodka sauce before though I love it - I can't wait to try this!

December 2, 2010 at 7:18 AM

Susan says, "Me likee!" So easy and soooo satisfying!

December 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I just love that it's so easy but so satisfying! Enjoy!

December 4, 2010 at 10:02 AM

A fun twist on the classic Penne Vodka. I like the addition of red pepper flakes. Nicely done!

December 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I'm willing to get as complicated as rocket science when it comes to dessert, but as for dinner, the easier the better and this recipe just made the cut for tonight (I have everything on hand and it's gross outside). Yum!

February 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Hi Meredith – I just wanted to let you know that I featured this delicious looking pasta alla vodka in my Valentine’s Day Favorites post today… Here’s the link: Have a great weekend!

February 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

this looks delicious! penne vodka is my partners favourite, I've been looking for the perfect recipe for a long time. I'll have to try this one :)

October 19, 2011 at 10:44 PM

It's 10:44 P.M., and now I'm craving this pasta like it's nobody's business.
Can't wait to whip this up as soon as I get all the ingredients. Looks so so good!

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