Spicy Penne alla Vodka

This spicy penne alla vodka is full of San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, shallots, garlic, vodka and penne pasta. This is the perfect wintertime dish.

This spicy penne alla vodka is full of San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, shallots, garlic, vodka and penne pasta. This is the perfect wintertime dish.

Until I moved to New York I had never given pasta a fair chance. I grew up eating very little since my father was never a fan of Italian food. On occasion we would have baked spaghetti or maybe even homemade meatballs with pasta but that was about as far as it went.

The first time I heard I heard of vodka sauce I was confused. Vodka? In spaghetti sauce? Well it’s obviously a little more than JUST throwing in vodka in tomato sauce. Luckily I learned how to make this delicious pasta about 10 years ago and have been able to enjoy it ever since. I don’t make it a lot (not really sure why…) but when I do I gorge myself until I’m so full I just want to sleep. Ok, maybe that’s why…

This spicy penne alla vodka is full of San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, shallots, garlic, vodka and penne pasta. This is the perfect wintertime dish.

 This time around I made sure to add a little spice to the party. If you’re not a huge fan of spice just add a little less crushed red pepper. Plus I threw in sautéed chicken to add a little more protein. It’s also delicious with shrimp.

I was also give the opportunity to test out a brand new Anolon pan. Is there anything quiet as lovely as cooking with a brand new pan? Seriously. I feel like it takes a simple dish and makes it even easier.

This spicy penne alla vodka is full of San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, shallots, garlic, vodka and penne pasta. This is the perfect wintertime dish.

Looking for more pasta dishes? Try my creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini, lamb bolognese or my linguine alle vongole.

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Spicy Penne alla Vodka

This spicy penne alla vodka is full of San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, shallots, garlic, vodka and penne pasta. This is the perfect wintertime dish.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 ounces sliced prosciutto, diced
  • 1 (28 ounces) can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • (Use only 1/2 teaspoon for less heat)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (grilled or sautéed)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add in salt and pasta. Following box directions cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, drizzle with a little olive oil, stir and set aside.

In a large high sided skillet melt butter over medium heat and add in shallots. Sauté until translucent. Add in garlic and prosciutto and sauté for about 30 seconds.

Add in tomatoes and red pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.

Pour in heavy cream and vodka. Simmer for 5 minutes

Toss in pasta and Parmesan cheese. Stir until pasta is fully covered. If the sauce is too thick you can add a splash more cream to thin it out. Stir in your chicken (if using) and let warm through.

83 Responses to “Spicy Penne alla Vodka”

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    Bryn — January 20, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Omelettes.

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — January 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Did you know I’ve never had vodka sauce?! Crazy – must try your recipe ASAP!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 20th, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

      Whaaaaa???? Give it a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

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    Rachel Cooks — January 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    That is some seriously gorgeous pasta! Can you come make it for me?

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    Yvette N. — January 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have never had Vodka Sauce before, but your recipe sounds so good,
    I will give it a try and make something new for dinner.

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    tanya — January 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    My two loves, spicy food and pasta! How could I possibly resist this?

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    Maggie Wallace — January 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I would so make this penne first! I love pasta. I’ve never had vodka sauce and always have wanted to, so this is a must try!

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    Amy — January 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Aside from everything?!
    cabbage rolls!

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    Lynette Lacy — January 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I will make orange glazed pork chops.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I love vodka sauce and pasta… need to make this SOON.

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    Joanne — January 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Well now I”m definitely going to be craving vodka sauce for the rest of today! It’s one of my favorites!!

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    Betsy R — January 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So many things to make! Maybe spicy chicken pasta.

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    Leila Emeric — January 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I have never tried Vodka sauce! If I won I would definitely use the new pans to make your recipe 🙂
    … If I can wait that long to make it… Lol 🙂

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    Diane — January 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Looks yummy! Just the right amount of spice!

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    Happy Valley Chow — January 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oh man that looks incredible! I love a good penne and vodka sauce, this definitely looks like a winner. Great job 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Mimi — January 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Most likely skillet baked penne! I’m always down for pasta!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Pasta and booze? You know I’m down.

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    Lauren M — January 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I must try this recipe… pronto!! So if I win this will be the first thing 🙂

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    Karla — January 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The only vodka sauce we eat is straight out of a jar, so I would love to make this recipe first! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Francie — January 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Something Healthy!

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    krista grandstaff — January 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I would def begin by making a German pork stew with spaetzle, and this looks like it would be just enough pans to get it done 😉

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    Janice — January 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Aside from this dish, a big pot of soup

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    Dawn May-Bradley — January 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I would use these pans for everything because all of my pans need replaced. But the first thing I would make would be some stir fry and egg rolls. Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Sarah McKnight — January 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    My husband loves vodka sauce, but I’ve never made it!

    The first thing I’d make would probably be risotto, though. I’ve been playing with lots of different types lately. Last night I made a barley risotto with white beans, bacon, spinach and asiago cheese. Mmm…

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    Cassie — January 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I love everything about this dish, Brandy!

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    Tammy Sanchez — January 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I would love to make my Curry Chicken first and go from there!!!

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    Charlsey G — January 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This pasta!

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    Eva — January 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I recently found your site and can’t wait to try your delicious looking/sounding recipes ! Would be even better with this great cookware set rather than using my beaten down set I have now!

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    Amanda Wright — January 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    My husband and I bought cheap cookwear when we moved into our first home!! I’d love to make some scrambled eggs for our daughters without them sticking!!

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    Pamela — January 20, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Definitely this dish. Looks like the right pans to make Beef Stroganoff. 🙂

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    Stefanie Gladden — January 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I would love to make japanese stir fry!!

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    Leslie S. — January 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I would probably make vegetable stir-fry first since we have tons left in the freezer from this years crop, and maybe couscous instead of rice. 🙂

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    Danyelle — January 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I really want to make this recipe! I love vodka sauce dishes but have never made it I’m ashamed to say I usually cheat.

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    Kathy Schimpf — January 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Chicken picata would be my choice to make

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    Pam Gurganus — January 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I’d make spaghetti and meatballs!

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    Becca Heflin — January 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

    What would I make first?! OH BOY… I can’t even think straight right now… this cookware would be compatible with my new induction cooktop! *swoon*

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 21, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I would make a huge skillet cookie! 🙂

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    Joyti — January 21, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I’ve seen vodka sauces at the grocery store, but never eaten anything with a vodka sauce. But wine works in sauces, so why not? And your homemade version (I bet) would bet any premade bottled sauce. I love that you made it spicy – it sounds delectable!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Brandy you are spicing up my life! Stuffing my face with this creamy carb goodness, then passing out? I’m in.

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    Dan — January 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This looks amazing- I’ve never put chicken in my penne vodka but I will now!

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    jennifer — January 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    i know this sounds simple- grilled cheese= with brie and apples and chicken

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    candy kratzer wenzel — January 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    First would be the big pot of gumbo.

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    MICHAEL — January 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    SOME RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS AND STEAK SAUTEED WITH ONIONS MMM!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — January 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Goodness, I just want a giant owl bowl of this right now!
    I would use it for some yummy chicken and broccoli, right now my favorite!

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    Karina — January 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    How about this vodka sauce? I love vodka sauce too (probably my favorite pasta sauce) but I’ve never made it myself, and I’m sure homemade is infinitly better than jarred! Either that or soup, which I love love love. Any soup really, but a thick carrot soup would be really nice.

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    Yolanda — January 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I would most likely make spaghetti or Swedish meatballs. 🙂

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — January 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Soup is my favorite dinner item to make. But pasta dishes are a second favorite in our house. Beautiful cookware!

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    Stephanie Phelps — January 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I would love to make some chicken Alfredo with this great set if I won!

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    Meg Hobbs — January 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’d love to make an oldie but a goodie-and my guy’s favorite-Veal Marsala in that beautiful cookware.

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    Jane — January 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    A big pot of chili for this cold weather

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    LMBrown — January 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I try a new recipe every week. I have just added Spicy Penne alla Vodka to my list to try.

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    Anne F — January 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I would definitely make your Spicy Penne alla Vodka in this incredible cookware set!!!

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    Jana R. — January 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I think I’d like to make that Spicy Penne alla Vodka! That sounds delicious!

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    tripp — January 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Pork tenderloin with apple bbq sauce!

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    k.a.P-P — January 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I would make this dish in honor of this great giveaway…I too have never tried vodka sauce…thx for both the recipe and the giveaway 🙂

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    Shawn @ IWYD — January 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This dish looks amazing! I love those pans too! The possibilities are endless!

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    Leslie W — January 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    That is some beautiful cookware. I would make all kinds of things!

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    Wendy | Around My Family Table — January 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I’ve never had a vodka sauce…I’m gonna have to try it soon. And those pans are awesome..I have one and love it!

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    Lorraine — January 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This looks wonderful! I would definitely make this pasta dish and many other recipes with those lovely pans.

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    Barb — January 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Shrimp pasta

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    Annette — January 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    With this set of cookware I’d make a big pot of soup.

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    Chrik — January 26, 2014 at 1:14 am

    This dish-minus the chicken and prosciutto, because we keep kosher 🙂

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    Annette — January 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Soup is the first thing I’d make.

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    Ashley Mauceri — January 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I would love to make minestrone with vegan sausage! 🙂

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    Beth C. — January 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’d make spaghetti for my husband.

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    Melisa — January 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I’d make a risotto and braised short rib

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    Candace Karu — January 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    This incredible pasta recipe cooked in gorgeous Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware…I want it all !

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    Kathy Manning — January 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I would make my homemade lasagna. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

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    Harriet — January 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Dying to try skillet lasagna! First thing I would make in my new skillet. Thank you for giving all a chance to win!

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    Carrie @ poet in the pantry — January 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This would probably be the first thing I’d make. Because I am addicted to (gasp!) jarred vodka sauce and should probably be making my own!

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    Honor — January 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! My family loves soup, so I’d start with a pot of vegetable beef, with lots of rutabaga and turnip, and a loaf of fresh bread.

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    Sue — January 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    sounds yummy and I’d love that cookware.

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    Darrah K — January 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Oh wow that looks amazing! To be honest, I’d love to make a chili! My pans don’t allow me to brown the meat, saute veggie and/or simmer it all together without burning it or having it all be a mushy mess. Oh, and pan searing my meats, what a dream! lol

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    Aurora Cracknell — January 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Love the look of homemade vodka sauce, but I would love to make paella with the big fry pan.

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    Allison — January 26, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I would be excited to make so many things! I think I’d start with a soup in the big pot – I’ve only ever had a junky Dutch oven, and it would be nice to see the difference a quality vessel makes!

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    Jean Tav — January 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    First, I would make chicken marshals. Then I would make your pasta dish. It’s looks delish.

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