Penne With Vodka Sauce

Vodka and Canadian bacon set this tomato sauce apart from other spaghetti sauces. The result is a robustly flavored pasta recipe perfect for winter meals.

Penne With Vodka Sauce
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 25 mins


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water (optional)
  • 6 ounces lean Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 pound penne or other short-shape pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 12 Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, shredded

Make It

1. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes, until softened, adding water if needed to prevent sticking. Add Canadian bacon and vodka; cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.

3. Add pasta to boiling water; cook until al dente, tender yet firm.

4. Meanwhile, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, sugar, salt and pepper to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring, 12 minutes.

5. Drain pasta; transfer to bowl.

6. Add Parmesan, half-and-half and basil to skillet; heat through. Toss with hot pasta. Serve. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 397, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 13, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 63, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 17, sodium (mg): 919, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.