• 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta bacon, chopped*
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • *You can find pancetta at any good Italian deli.


If you like spice, add a dash or 2 of red pepper flakes.

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta, and saute until lightly browned. Add vodka and stir until it is reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
3. Stir in pasta, and heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Allrecipes
Submitted By: Meryl
Penne and Vodka Sauce