Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Penne ala Vodka Recipe

If you know me at all, you know I have a love for pasta. It is one of my favorite things to eat and a huge reason I run all the time. I LOVE vodka sauce on my pasta, but I am usually disappointed with most restaurants portrayal of it. Though I have had some of the best vodka sauce in Las Vegas.

I have also tried so many recipes and there was always something off with each one of them. So after making it many times, I decided to create my own recipe and take what I liked from all of them and make my Penne ala Vodka. It has some spice, two different proteins and the creamy goodness we all look for in a vodka sauce.

I hope you enjoy.
Penne ala Vodka recipe


6 thick slices of pancetta (I try to get it from the deli, but sometimes I get a packet of large diced pancetta)
3/4 pound mild italian sausage
1 pound uncooked penne pasta
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (plum are the best)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup vodka
olive oil
Penne ala vodka ingredients
I used 4 oz of large diced pancetta this time.


1. Cook your pasta according to the package. You want to cook it until it is al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. In a stock pot, add olive oil. Just about a teaspoon of oil is all you need. Brown your pancetta. Once your pancetta is brown, removed to a bowl/plate. Make sure you leave the drippings. If you have a lot of oil drippings, discard some. You want about a tablespoon of drippings.
Browned pancetta

3. Add your sausage to the drippings and cook it until it is browned.
4. Add your garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute until your garlic is fragrant and slightly browned.
Penne ala vodka ingredients

5. Add your pancetta back in along with the canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Add your vodka and whipping cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add in your pasta, toss and let it all come together. About 2 to 3 minutes.
Penne ala vodka recipe

7. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Serve and enjoy.
Penne ala vodka recipe

This isn't a very healthy dish, but it packs the flavor and is a favorite in my home.


  1. I love penne a la vodka! So yummy!

  2. I've always wanted to make this, thanks for the recipe, my husband will love it too. Make sure to link this up over at Tasty Tuesday at The Blended Blog today!!

  3. I don't think I have ever tried a vodka sauce before - this sounds great!

  4. We LOVE vodka sauce at our house so we need to try this! Yum!!

  5. A bowl of pasta is never ever a bad idea.

  6. Penne and vodka is one of my all time favorite dishes! I need to make it soon!

  7. I LOVE penne ala vodka. I always buy my vodka sauce because I'm too intimidated to make my own. The jarred sauce always sucks though. I may have to give this a try because it looks amazing!

  8. So, so good! I never make this, but I love getting it at restaurants. This is a fun way to switch up the usual pasta or spaghetti.

  9. Oh yum! I am definitely saving (and making) this.

  10. Vodka sauce is my FAVORITE. Anything with vodka sauce and you can sign me up! This sounds delicious.

  11. Sounds so yummy, I have never made this kind of sauce and I am pretty sure I have never tried it. I will have to make this!

  12. I love vodka sauce and this looks/sounds delicious! I can easily swap in gluten free penne!

    1. Oh yes. You can definitely use gluten free pasta in this.