Penne Alla Vodka

Forever a crowd pleaser, I cook this dish on holidays, or if I have a group of friends coming over. You can make it with grilled chicken, as I did this time around, or with grilled shrimp, or plain, whatever your heart desires!


What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz diced tomatoes, canned
  • 8 tsp flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups Half and Half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 1 package penne pasta (or pasta of your choice)

Melt butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and simmer for 8 minutes, partially covered. Combine flour and water, whisking until smooth. Add flour mixture skillet, stir and cook for 1 minute.

Add Half and Half, milk, vodka, salt and pepper. Combine and bring to a boil. Add cheese and simmer for 5 minutes.

If you are adding a protein, this would be the time to add it. Add the basil and stir. Combine with pasta of your choice!

Bon Appètit!


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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