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Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce


This is a makeover recipe that has less than half the original recipe's fat and cholesterol.

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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 oz., one 14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4
  • 1 pkg (12 oz) penne pasta
  • 2 tsp. prepared pesto
  • 1/4 c. salt
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese


Servings 8
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 55mins


Step 1

1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes and vodka. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, cook penne according to package directions.

3. Stir the pesto, salt and pepper flakes into tomato mixture. In a small bowl, combine flour and cream until smooth; stir into pan. Add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drain penne; serve with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.


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