Vodka Penne



Vodka Penne

Some people have heard about this little stereotype that Russians like their Vodka. In my case…I like my Vodka…Penne. A lot. It’s like comfort food to me. Whenever I’m having a bad week (and last week was a really bad week), this dish just  makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s definitely one of mine and Francis’s favorite dishes. The fact that it takes only 15-20 minutes to make definitely helps because honestly, when you’re having a bad day, you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove for three hours.

Vodka Penne


1/2 box penne
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes + juice
1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp garlic
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


Prepare penne in boiling water in one pot.
Meanwhile, heat up extra virgin olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes over med-high heat until fragrant.
Add diced tomatoes and fresh tomato
Add basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder
Add vodka and vegetable broth, and allow vodka to boil off for 10 minutes.
Once the penne is cooked to your liking, drain it in a colander and add it to the saucepan.
Add tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and heavy whipping cream.
Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes more.

Source: Innochka’s Kitchen


2 Comments to “Vodka Penne”

  1. Your dish looks tasty. Did you use fresh garlic?

  2. Thanks! Yep, I usually try to use fresh. 2Tbsp garlic in my mind is around 3 garlic cloves chopped (depending on how big they are)

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