September 26th, 2007

Penne Alla Vodka Category: Recipes

Courtesy of Nigella’s book, Feast…

To serve 5 (or 2 hungry mains & 2 lunches):

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil (or normal oil + 1 smushed up garlic piece to remove before eating)
  • 1 x 410g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of double cream
  • 500g penne pasta
  • 65ml vodka
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Parmesan for serving

How to Do It

  1. Heat oil & gently cook onion until soft (with a good sprinkling of salt) – about 15 mins
  2. Tip in the tomatoes & simmer for 15-20 minutes nb. 10 mins before your ready put your pasta on.
  3. Take sauce off heat & stir in cream.
  4. Drain pasta & put back in pan with butter & vodka
  5. Mix pasta in with sauce and serve with parmesan and some black pepper

Its so simple but deliciously moreish

Nigella says she thinks the pasta is especially good cold – I don’t agree, its much better warm but by making this much we have plenty for an easy lunch the next day and with a nice side salad it fills me up for the afternoon.

3 Responses to “Penne Alla Vodka”

can you taste the vidka in it?


Not really no – you could put it in the sauce & cook it out a bit too which is what I did the first time I made it & to be honest putting the vodka on the pasta didnt make it taste any different.


bittersweet me Says:

an old favourite of ours … such a useful receipe. I find the vodka adds a subtle something – noone would guess what it was, but not the same without it.


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