Whole Wheat Penne alla Vodka


At our household we eat plenty of pasta. It is cheap, fast to cook, versatile and what could really go wrong with a pasta dish?

Penne alla vodka its a pretty easy recipe to make, however you can pay as much as $25-30 at a restaurant, nonsense. This is a very fast version and very tasty at the same time. Some versions use basil rather than parsley but I have always used parsley.



Whole Wheat Penne alla Vodka

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings


1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped, optional
1 tablespoon tomato puree
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt to taste
1/3 - 1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.


At medium high heat add the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Add fresh chopped tomatoes and pepper flakes and cook for another 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and salt. Add the vodka and simmer, stirring frequently for 10 minutes to cook off the vodka. Stir in the cream and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add parsley, grated cheeses and cooked pasta to the pan, combine  and serve.

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  1. Hello, quick question: does this tomato soup recipe really call for 1-2 CUPS fresh basil? Seems like quite a lot, but then I’ve never used fresh basil so perhaps I don’t really know what I’m talking about. :)
    This recipe sounds great, I just want to be sure I’m using the correct amount of ingredients! :)

  2. Joy,

    yes it does. Is just that fresh basil is really not packed in so it will seem like a lot when in fact it is not.

    Just pack the basil loose in the cup. You can use between 1 to 2 cups, what ever you prefer :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!

  3. Hi – can you please post the nutrition facts for one serving of this soup? I am trying to keep track of what I am eating and keep it all on an app in my phone (called LoseIt!) it’s a great app, but hard when I don’t know the specific calories/nutritional information..which typically happens when I cook from scratch which stinks….

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