Do you ever have those nights when things don’t go as planned? And, your intended dinner for the night falls by the way-side? It happens to me more often than I’d like to admit. While ordering a pizza is very tempting on nights like those, this pasta dish is almost as easy as picking up the phone and ordering. This was one of the first dishes I learned to make “by heart”, and I can always turn to it in a pinch.

You probably have everything you need in your pantry already. The sauce just takes a few minutes – saute the onion, add the tomatoes and vodka and allow to simmer, you add the cream and basil at the last minute. One note of caution, don’t use inexpensive vodka. I’m not saying to go out and spend $40 on Grey Goose just for this recipe, but lets not go for the $7.99 special either! The flavor of the vodka is concentrated in the sauce, so you really want to use the best possible. With a green salad, this is the perfect summer meal for those warm nights.


  1. Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:28 AM | Permalink

    Happens to me all the time 🙂
    If it weren’t for easy pasta dishes like this one, we’d probably eat pizza or cereal all the time! lol

  2. Posted April 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

    This is my go to Penne alla Vodka recipe, it never fails me. It is such a comforting pasta.

  3. Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    One of my favorites!

  4. Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:51 AM | Permalink

    I’d love to try…We love penne pasta dishes. Looks delicious!

  5. Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    Why do you always make the recipes that are on my list of things to make? It’s like you’ve got my list on you! Penne alla vodka is so good, but once again, something I have yet to tackle at home. Thanks for the inspiration, again! 😛

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