Penne w/ Vodka Sauce – Cooking Light & Andrea style!

March 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm | Posted in pasta | 3 Comments

I love pasta dishes so much.  I could eat pasta every day if my waistline and booty would let me.  I would never get tired of it!  I try to limit our pasta dishes to once a week or once every two weeks but when I saw this one on Andrea’s blog, I knew that I had to make it.  I love penne with vodka sauce and I liked that she got this one from Cooking Light.  She modified it a bit, but I think it’s still not completely bad for the approaching bikini season.  : )

1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta (I used wheat pasta)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons sliced fresh basil


– Cook pasta according to package directions, ommitting salt and fat.
– Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
– Add onion and saute 4 minutes until tender.
– Add 1/4 teaspoon slat, pepper, and garlic; saute for 1 mintue.
– Remove from heat and add vodka; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid reduces by 1/2.
– Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil.
– Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
– Use immersion blender or transfer sauce to blender and process until smooth.
– Stir in cream and cook for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
– Remove from heat.  Stir in cooked pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and basil.
– Serve immediately.

 Pig Rating:  He really liked this one – score!!!  Thanks Andrea!!  He was already asking if there would be leftovers to eat the next day.  : )

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This was AWESOME!  This is seriously one of my favorite pasta dishes that I have made so far.  I think next time I may add some chicken to it, but this one is fantastical! 



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  1. Glad you liked it! Wasn’t it awesome?? Definitely not SO bad for bikini season.

  2. this looks tasty! but poo I don’t have an immersion or blender. 😦

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