Monday, December 21, 2009

Penne with Vodka sauce

This is the one of the most loved dinner at our place. When my cousins had come over during the Thanksgiving, I prepared this and it was an instant hit. Sharing this simple recipe with you.

Ingredients and Preparation of the Marinara sauce:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
4 to 6 basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce tastes too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavor.

Pour half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.

If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and then pour 1 to 2 cup portions into plastic freezer bags. Freeze for up to 6 months.

Ingredients and Preparation of Penne
1 pound Penne
1/2 quart Marinara sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup Vodka

In a pot, boil Pasta with little salt. When it is al dente, strain the water and keep aside.

In a pan, pour Marinara sauce and stir the cream into the Tomato and add Vodka also to it. Simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well blended. Add ground pepper.

In a plate, put the pasta and top it with the sauce and ground pepper.

Your Penne with Vodka sauce is ready to devour. You can also make the same version without Vodka by omitting it and follow with the rest of the ingredients.


  1. looks yummy & tempting too....


  2. Dear Ms Chitchat
    Thats a real innovative recipe.. I must try that..But I will take 2 cups of Vodka. One I will use for the recipe and the other one for my energy...But I must find a place to hide that 2nd cup of Vodka somewhere in the kitchen,,, you know why...:-)
    Have a nice day

  3. I love pastas..and adding vodka to it is quite innovative..

  4. wow..totally creative with pasta........hummmmmmmm.......really a fusion.

  5. This looks interesting. I know the Italian cuisine does make use of beverages in food, but I havent tried !!. Love the marinara sauce !!

  6. Penne with vodka sauce sounds interesting!looks yummy!!!

  7. Love Penne..would try this ..Thanks for the recipe!!

  8. This recipe seems very interesting...i loved marinara sauce recipe...pasta luks yummm

  9. Totally new to me,liked the look of it,sounds yummm

  10. Penne with Vodka Sauce sounds and looks awesome. Love Pasta in my house. For the kids maybe will try without the Vodka. I'm sure ur cousins would have been so happy and so proud of you. Also loved your preparation of Marinara sauce.

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  12. Interesting..though I have to omit vodka to make this..Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. Sounds interesting!loved marinara sauce recipe!!

  14. Never tried making Pasta so far :)!
    Delicious recipe with Marinara sauce! :)

  15. Wow, you made the marinara sauce...sure' penne pasta would have tasted heaven...

    Lovely dinner:)

    When I tried to make the sauce, it ended up like tomato curry and I have to call it 'curried pasta' later:)

  16. sounds YUM! ? for ya. For the first sauce...won't regular Ragu / other brand sauce work? just lazy me... pitching in :)

  17. Hey friends, Thanks a ton for your lovely comments. Coming soon with yet another authentic recipe.


  18. Vodka sauce is really great idea. Will definitely try it.

    I love your blog...great recipes.

  19. Thanks a ton for sending a delicious entry for the event...looks really good...


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