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Vodka Sauce Penne sounds so gourmet and impressive and yet it is a very approachable dish for the home cook. This is a quick recipe if using store-bought, or better yet your own canned tomatoes. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesano-Reggiano cheese and garden basil. Served with garlic bread and a tossed salad this Penne with Smirnoff Vodka Sauce is perfect for a romantic meal for two or as an appetizer course for guests.
  Store bought marinara sauce 1 Quart (Blended Until Smooth)
  Smirnoff vodka 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Heavy cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (At Room Temperature)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Semolina penne 1 Pound (Fresh Or Dried)
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Onion 1 Small, chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
  Stalk celery 1 , chopped
  Carrot 1 Small, chopped
  Canned crushed tomatoes 32 Ounce
  Basil leaves 6
  Dried bay leaf 1
  Ground black pepper To Taste

Simmer the tomato sauce and vodka in a heavy large skillet over medium-low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Stir the cream into the tomato and vodka sauce. Simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well blended.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until ala dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and transfer it to the pan with the sauce, and toss to coat.
Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
The mere name Smirnoff conjures up a romantic history of vodka originally distilled in Moscow in the 1860s by Piotr Arsenieyevich Smirnov. The marriage of pristine vodka with tomatoes that taste of the sun results in a gourmet, but easy to make dish. This recipe is a favourite of mine for an easy, but elegant meal especially for vegetarian guests. I grow my own heirloom tomatoes and can varietal sauces; therefore I just open a jar of my home canned organic tomatoes, and proceed with this easy recipe. I often make this for just the two of us using a half recipe and serve with a baby greens garden salad. While I am making this simple recipe we usually sip a Tomato Smirnoff Martini! In the winter I add a pickled green cherry tomato, but in the summer I use an heirloom tomato like Green Zebra to make a fun martini. Heirloom Tomato Martini 2 ounces Smirnoff Vodka 3/4 ounce triple sec 1 whole lime 1/2 small heirloom tomato (Green Zebra is my favourite for this martini) 4 leaves fresh basil Muddle tomato with fresh basil in a shaker. Add ice, fresh lime juice, vodka and triple sec. Shake 10 times, strain and pour into martini glass. À votre santé!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 690 Calories from Fat 211

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.8%

Saturated Fat 7.1 g35.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 36.6 mg12.2%

Sodium 566.6 mg23.6%

Total Carbohydrates 79 g26.3%

Dietary Fiber 7.8 g31%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 17 g33.5%

Vitamin A 57.7% Vitamin C 28.4%

Calcium 19.7% Iron 20.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet