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Penne alla Vodka

Food.Wishes's picture
This is a fairly typical vodka sauce recipe with one main exception – I use bacon instead of the traditional Italian pancetta. In this recipe I enjoy the subtle smokiness the bacon brings and I believe it adds a little extra richness to the dish, which allows me to dial back the cream content. If you've never made this before and want some delicious homework, I suggest trying a version with bacon and then one with the classic pancetta. I'd love to hear what you think of the differences. Enjoy!
For recipe ingredients, please refer to the video.

For recipe directions, please refer to the video.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Italian American
Main Dish
Pasta, Penne
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Italian-American Pasta in Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce
If you have never made this dish before, it’s a must try for all pasta lovers, excluding kids! The vodka sauce is a very interesting because it doesn’t have a very strong alcoholic flavor but really brings out the sweet and tart flavors of the creamy tomato sauce. Chef John follows the classic vodka sauce recipe but adds a little extra richness by using smoked bacon instead of the traditional pancetta and enhances the flavor of the alcohol by omitting the garlic. This pasta dish is something you must make!

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ifoodiee's picture
Yummy...and easy,,great recipe chef i especially loved the addition of cream:-)..though is it ok if i replace the vodka with sherry..or can you suggest any other substitutes
Penne alla Vodka Recipe Video, Italian-American Pasta In Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce