Penne alla Vodka

    35 min

    Not completly authentic, but it's a simple recipe and delicious nonetheless. A generous measure of vodka is cooked down with proscuitto and vegetables. Tomatoes and cream are added to make a rich sauce for pasta.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 100g (4 oz) thinly sliced prosciutto
    • 175ml (6 fl oz) vodka
    • 1 (700g) jar passata
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed chillies
    • 1 (284ml) pot single cream
    • 1 (500g) pack penne pasta

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, celery and garlic in oil; stir until soft. Add prosciutto and vodka. Simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated.
    2. Add passata, herbs and chillies. Simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Stir in single cream, and heat for 3 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain. Toss penne with sauce and serve immediately.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I made a much easier version of this. Firstly, fry onion and garlic in a little olive oil for about 5 mins. Then add 120ml of vodka, can of crushed tomatoes, and some chilli flakes. Let simmer for about 1 hour to let all the flavours blend. I then added in chicken. It was loved by everyone and the chicken made it more filling.  -  03 Jan 2009


    This sounds lovely, i will be making this but im also going to add cooked (myself) sausages chopped into chunks and i will stir this into sauce at the passata stage and simmer for 10 mins as stated and continue with recipe. I will also add Mushrooms, green pepper and toms as DEVSMITH() suggested.  -  08 Mar 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. Unbelievable! This was so easy to make and delicious! I doubled the recipe, which was more than enough for my dinner party of 14. The only changes I made was omitting the celery (it wasn't missed) and using half the cream and adding just a bit of milk. A definite new family favourite.  -  21 Jul 2008