Penne with Vodka Sauce

This is one of hubster’s favorite things to order in restaurants and bikini season is approaching (YES!), so I searched Cooking Light for a Vodka Sauce recipe.  Low and behold… I found one!  It was delish, though next time I’ll reduce further to thicken the sauce.

Penne with Vodka Sauce
Cooking Light (modified)

Ingredients:
1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons sliced fresh basil

Directions:
– Cook pasta according to package directions, ommitting salt and fat.
– Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
– Add onion and saute 4 minutes until tender.
– Add 1/4 teaspoon slat, pepper, and garlic; saute for 1 mintue.
– Remove from heat and add vodka; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid reduces by 1/2.
– Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil.
– Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
– Use immersion blender or transfer sauce to blender and process until smooth.
– Stir in cream and cook for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
– Remove from heat.  Stir in cooked pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and basil.
– Serve immediately.

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5 Responses to “Penne with Vodka Sauce”


  1. 1 mrsabybaby March 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Oh I am super excited that you posted this! I love penne with vodka sauce too but I try not to make it too much for the same reason you mentioned. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this one out!

  2. 2 katie102006 March 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Oh PLEASE don’t remind me about bikini season. I’d like to eat this fabulous pasta in peace! lol!

  3. 3 mrsabybaby March 20, 2008 at 12:20 am

    OKay I have now made this and OMG. This was AWESOME! Definitely a keeper in our book…even picky hubby liked it! Thank you Andrea!


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