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Penna ala Vodka

Whenever we dine at Italian restaurant ,hubby always order Penna ala Vodka. On our last Valentine Day celebration,he ordered this dish again. I was curious why he like Penna ala Vodka and offer to cook for him at home. I was "googling" for the recipe but found there are so many version of Penna ala Vodka out there! I understand the main ingredients for the sauce must have Vodka,heavy cream,garlic and tomato! This dish is so scrumptious and delicious,yet simple to make! You might wanna to try to cook this dish at home if you love Penna ala Vodka! Ingredients:

1 box Penna ( 1 lb)

10 cloves garlic (chopped)

5 lbs fresh plum tomato (blend)

1/ 2 lb prosciutto (cut cube or sliced)

1 cup vodka

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 stick butter

salt and ground black pepper to taste


cilantro or parsley and red pepper flake *optional*


1:Fill a large stockpot with water at high heat.Let the water rolling boil,add in salt and pasta ,cook until al dented,sieved set aside or cook accordingly to the box instruction .

2:Blend clean and cut plum tomato until fine or puree.Prepare stock pot at medium heat with butter oil,add in garlic ,fry until lightly brown not burn.Add in prosciutto and vodka,let it simmer until vodka burn out.Then add in blended tomato sauce,increase heat to high,until rolling boil.

3:Add in grated Parmesan cheese and heavy cream.Let's simmer again for 12 minutes at medium heat.Lastly add in salt and pepper to taste.

4:Dish the sauce over Penna and serve warm .But I prefer to mix the sauce with Penna in a small pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes,let's the sauce absorbs into Penna.Sprinkle with cilantro and grounds red pepper flake.

5 pounds of cut plum tomatoes Blend or chopped tomato
until fine or puree
meanwhile fried garlic,prosciutto in butter and vodka..Let's it simmer until burn out..

add in blended plum tomato and seasoning,then heavy cream..


Keep the extra ala vodka sauce in container after cool down in fridge for 2-3 days or freeze for 2 weeks or more.

I would love to share this Penna ala Vodka pasta dish to Presto Pasta Nights ,created by Ruth and this round up is host by Ben of Whats Cooking.Hop over to join the event before March 12th if you're interested:)



Anonymous said...
March 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM

It certainly does make my mouth water just looking at your scrumptious version. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Glad to see you back.

Anonymous said...
March 9, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Man, this looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...
March 9, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Maybe my son and I will get drunk after eating this pasta. Hehehe!

Anonymous said...
March 10, 2009 at 4:48 AM

I didn't know vodka can be used in pasta! I must try it ;D

Anonymous said...
March 10, 2009 at 6:14 AM

oo vodka! I've never had that with pasta before, wonder how it tastes like.

Anonymous said...
March 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Penne is also my fav kind of pasta. I will always request for penne if I eat at Restaurant. I never order this before. It looks really good and I bet it taste heavenly too!

Anonymous said...
March 10, 2009 at 7:54 PM

thanks for hosting the event and having me:)

thank you:)

don't get mabuk one la.My 4 year old daughter eat this like champ! keep asking for second portion.

I think only this paste used vodka,that why the name vodka:) yea you must try to cook this dish

this pasta taste creamy and garlicky!! good and filling!!

yes,I notice you like Penna...try this you might like it..maybe add in chicken or shrimp!

Anonymous said...
March 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Oh my! What a great dish. Thanks for sending it to PPN. This is already one of my favorites :)

Anonymous said...
March 12, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I have just cooked them for lunch a while ago, and was totally awwwed by it! Great recipe Lesley! Thanks!

Anonymous said...
March 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

That's my favorite pasta, too! Yours looks delicious. :)

Anonymous said...
March 13, 2009 at 5:25 PM

I love a good penne a la vodka and the homemade sauce looks great!

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.