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Bill's Penne alla Vodka

This takes less time to make than boiling the pasta! So very good!!!
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Prep Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 499


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Vodka
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ½ cup pasta water


  • Boil salted water in a large pot for the pasta.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepot, cook the bacon over medium heat until almost done.
  • Remove the saucepot from the heat so you can use a kitchen scissors to cut the bacon into small bits. I do not drain the bacon fat. You can if you want to.
  • Bring the saucepot back to medium heat.
  • Add the butter and garlic, sauté for a minute to soften the garlic.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Add the tomato puree, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar, mixing well.
  • Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Add the Vodka and simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving one-half cup of pasta water.
  • Toss the pasta with the Vodka sauce. Add in the pasta water if it looks too thick.
  • Serve with grated Romano cheese.


GO AHEAD!  Add in another glug or two of Vodka if you want!
Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg