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Penne Vodka Recipe

Penne Vodka

Recipes | July 20, 2016 | By

Penne Vodka


  • 225 g penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 can (840g crushed tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup 60ml vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Few dashes of fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 115g sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 of a bunch finely chopped fresh basil, plus a little extra for garnish


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to the saucepan and sauté for about one minute, until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the vodka, thyme, oregano, crushed red tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cover the saucepan and turn the heat up enough to bring the mixture to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the sauce has simmered for 20 minutes, add the almonds. Use a hand blender to blend the almonds into the sauce until creamy and only slightly grainy.
  • Add the basil to the sauce, and mix the sauce and pasta together in the pot. Garnish with a little extra chopped basil and serve.


Recipe from "Veganomicon" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope.
Photo Credit: Meredith Lee/HSUS
Serves 4