Easiest Penne Vodka Ever is a pasta recipe that can be served with parmesan cheese on top

Easiest Penne Vodka Ever

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy Penne Alla Vodka recipe is sure to become your new favorite pasta dinner! Tender penne pasta tossed with a rich, homemade vodka sauce that tastes like it came from a restaurant. This is the best penne vodka you can make!


1 pound penne pasta (16 ounce box)

3/4 cup onion, diced small

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on the level of spiciness you want)

1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/3 cup vodka

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper

3/41 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese


Start a large pot of water over high heat to boil the pasta. Cook the penne 1-2 minutes shy of the package directions and drain. Do not rinse.

While the pasta is cooking start making the vodka sauce by heating a large skillet over low heat.

Add the oil and onions, stirring to coat the onions in the oil and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the onions have browned slightly and cooked down add the crushed red pepper flakes and the garlic. Stir and cook for a minute longer and then carefully pour in the vodka.

Let the vodka reduce until the liquid is almost gone, about 4-5 minutes, then stir in the tomato paste.

Pour the crushed tomatoes in the skillet and whisk until smooth.

Add the oregano, basil, salt and pepper, stir and simmer partially covered with a lid for 20 minutes.

Whisk in the cream to finish the sauce, taste for seasonings and remove from the heat.

Add the drained pasta back to the pot and then pour in the vodka sauce and the parmesan cheese.

Toss the pasta together with the sauce until all the pasta is well coated and serve with extra red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese (optional).


*If you are cooking on a gas stove, turn off the flame before you pour in the vodka

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