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Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Main Course
Author: Tiffany - My Busy Kitchen
  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan (1/4 cup for sauce, 1/4 cup for topping)
  • handful fresh torn basil
  • salt & pepper
  1. Boil penne according to package directions to al dente. Mine took about 12 minutes.

  2. While pasta is boiling:

    In a large skillet, melt butter and saute the minced garlic and crushed red pepper for about 2 minutes.

  3. Add the vodka and cook 4 minutes until the vodka cooks down to about half.

  4. Add crushed tomatoes, onion powder, oregano and salt & pepper to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp of each). Stir to combine and cook 4 minutes.

  5. Add the half and half. Stir to thoroughly combine and cook 3 more minutes.

  6. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water in case your sauce becomes too thick at the end. Add penne to the skillet and toss to combine with the sauce. 

  7. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and 1/2 the torn basil and gently stir to combine.

  8. Serve hot! Top with additional parmesan and basil.

    This dish warms up great for leftovers!