Penne alla Vodka

Recipe for Vodka Sauce - as taught to me by my very amazing friend, from Rome, Italy, Beatrice Bebs Mistretta (try to tag her on Facebook if you can!)


Sauté about a clove of chopped garlic and a little olive oil in a large pan - just barely, be careful not to burn the garlic!
Add 1 can of whole whole peeled tomatoes - with juice - and squash the tomatoes - breaking up the larger chunks
Add some salt/pepper and fresh basil
For some kick add crushed red pepper flakes!
Let boil and reduce until it thickens (about 5 mins)
Remove from heat - add 1/4 cup of vodka - return to high heat and allow alcohol to boil off - about 2 minutes
Turn down to Medium heat, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream - stir
Serve over chicken, or tossed with penne pasta


For a twist - add some smoked salmon to the sauce, and then toss in some pasta, as seen in the photo above!
Penne alla Vodka
Recipe for Vodka Sauce - as taught to me by my very amazing friend, from Rome, Italy, Beatrice Bebs Mistretta (try to tag her on Facebook if you can!)
  • Sauté about a clove of chopped garlic and a little olive oil in a large pan - just barely, be careful not to burn the garlic!
  • Add 1 can of whole whole peeled tomatoes - with juice - and squash the tomatoes - breaking up the larger chunks
  • Add some salt/pepper and fresh basil
  • For some kick add crushed red pepper flakes!
  • Let boil and reduce until it thickens (about 5 mins)
  • Remove from heat - add 1/4 cup of vodka - return to high heat and allow alcohol to boil off - about 2 minutes
  • Turn down to Medium heat, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream - stir
  • Serve over chicken, or tossed with penne pasta
For a twist - add some smoked salmon to the sauce, and then toss in some pasta, as seen in the photo above!