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  • Writer's pictureKimberley Kells

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka is a match made in heaven between tomato and cream pasta sauces. It really is the best of both worlds and manages to keep everyone in my house happy. Add to this that its made in 15 minutes and tastes bloody delicious, this dish is a superstar performer and an amazing addition to your rotation.

Pasta is a special treat in my house. Even though the family and I love it, I don't cook it very often because I like to be able to fit in my jeans! #pastalife #jeansorpasta So when I do cook pasta (a couple times each month) it better be great, and this my friends, is a great pasta. Don't let the short ingredients list and quick cook time fool you, this dish is packed with flavour and so worth the calories.

“There is a bit of questioning over what the vodka actually brings to this dish, and apparently it brings out the flavours of the other ingredients. For me, I'm not really convinced of this but I add it anyway because, why not?! But if you don't have any vodka in the house, I wouldn't stress over not including it. Of course if you do include it, there is no need to worry about the kids, because you will cook the alcohol out.”

Penne all Vodka an original recipe by Kimberley Kells

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children


500g Penne

100g Pancetta, chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

100mL Vodka

1/2 Cup of Tomato Paste

500mL Cream

Grated Parmesan Cheese and Torn Basil to serve


Step 1- Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook till al dente and drain, saving a cup of cooking water.

Step 2- Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large frying pan over medium heat, fry the pancetta until crisp, then stir through the garlic.

Step 3- Deglaze the pan with the vodka, and allow to bubble up to cook off the alcohol. When the liquid has almost all evaporated, stir through the tomato paste and cream.

Step 4- Bring to a bubble and allow to reduce until saucy. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5- Add the drained pasta and reserved pasta water, stirring through to combine. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and torn basil.

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