Delicious Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Welcome to our kitchen, where we’re serving up a delicious and always popular dish – Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and will surely impress your taste buds.

Delicious Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Delicious Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce

A Twist on Tradition

Traditionally, this dish calls for sautéing pancetta, an Italian bacon, but we like to add a smoky twist by using bacon instead. In a tablespoon of olive oil, cook the bacon on medium heat until it starts to look irresistible. Throw in a sprig of rosemary for an extra burst of flavor. Now, brace yourself as we add half a cup of vodka – it might flare up, so be cautious.

The Magic of the Sauce

Once the vodka has reduced to a few tablespoons, it’s time to add heavy cream. Give it a swirl and add some black pepper for a touch of heat. Let the cream come back to a boil and cook for about 3-4 minutes until it thickens slightly. Now, it’s time to add 3 cups of prepared tomato sauce and about 3/4 cup of water. Simmer the sauce on low heat for 20-25 minutes, and you’ll witness the transformation into a beautiful brick-red color.

Vodka Sauce

Perfect Penne

While the sauce simmers away, let’s prepare our penne pasta. Boil the penne in salted water, and here’s a pro-tip: cook it for one minute less than the package instructions. Drain the pasta and pour the hot sauce over it. Give it a good stir, cover it with a lid, and let it sit for five minutes. During this time, the pasta will soak up the sauce, finishing its cooking process and enhancing the flavors.

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Q: Can I make this dish vegetarian?
A: Absolutely! Simply omit the bacon and enjoy a delicious vegetarian version of penne pasta with vodka sauce.

Q: Why does vodka enhance the flavor of the sauce?
A: Alcohol introduces certain flavors in tomato sauces that are not brought out without it. That’s why vodka sauce has such a unique and interesting taste.


Get ready to indulge in a plate of penne pasta with vodka sauce. The harmonious blend of smoky bacon, creamy vodka sauce, and al dente penne will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. For more mouthwatering recipes and to experience the flavors of Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill. Bon appétit!

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