Penne with Vodka Sauce


It’s not often I get to cook for a fancy group of Mommy bloggers – so the heat was on…

No one wants to be blog fodder a la: “you all, wait until you hear about the nasty thing I ate at Ali’s house.”

Anyway, everything turned out great and this sauce is a nice alternative for moms and dads who might be looking to step it up a level from eating Mac n Cheese with the kiddies.

Hope you enjoy!



Penne with Vodka Sauce

Serves: 4


1 pound of penne, prepared per instructions
3 cups marinara sauce
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature (cold cream will curdle when added)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. In a heavy, large skillet simmer the marinara sauce and vodka over low heat. Stir often until the mixture has reduced by one fourth, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir the cream in to the sauce and continue to simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the parmesan, salt and pepper.
  4. Serve over pasta.

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