Bill’s Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka    bill alla Vodka

“This recipe is tailor-made for my husband Bill, done the way he likes Vodka sauce – lots of bacon, lots of Vodka, and very creamy. He is the Vodka sauce expert and he has a favorite restaurant where he always orders it. But he says my recipe is just like it! I take that as a huge compliment!

Don’t worry, you can just barely taste the Vodka in it, it is not strong.           But he is right, it is a great combination of flavors.

I know you can’t find this dish in Italy anymore, but it is truly a mainstay at Italian American restaurants in the U.S .       Lucky us!         Enjoy!”

Servings: 6


1/3 pound bacon
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can tomato purée
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup vodka
1 pound penne pasta
1/2 cup pasta water 


1. In a large sauce pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until almost done.
2. Using a kitchen scissors, cut the bacon into small bits.
3. Add the butter and garlic, sauté for a few minutes to soften the garlic.
4. Stir in the tomato paste, mixing it in for a few minutes.
5. Add the tomato puree, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar, mixing well.
6. Add the heavy cream, stirring for a few minutes.
7. Add the Vodka and simmer for about 5-10 minutes on low heat.
8. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done.
9. Drain, but reserve ½ cup of the pasta water and stir that into the sauce.
10.Toss the pasta with the Vodka sauce.
11.Serve with grated Romano cheese.

Nutritional Information

Bill’s Penne alla Vodka

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving: about 1-1/2 cups
Calories: 597
Calories from Fat: 197

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 22g 34%
* Saturated Fat 11g 56%
* Cholesterol 61mg 20%
* Sodium 549mg 23%
* Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
* Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
* Protein 16g 28%
* Sugars 17g
* Vitamin A 41%
* Vitamin C 41%
* Calcium 6%
* Iron 19%

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Categories: American, ETHNIC CUISINE, Italian, Main Dishes, Pasta

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2 replies

  1. Looks delicious as I love my pasta. I never made the vodka version… 🙂


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