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One Pot Penne In Vodka Sauce

Penne in vodka sauce is a classic Italian dinner. This one-pot version is perfect for dinner on a busy night.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: one pot pasta, penne pasta, vodka sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 611kcal


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups cooked penne pasta or any tubular pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat
  • Add the onion and saute until cooked through
  • Add beef, salt, and pepper, cooking until the beef is browned through
  • Place in the pan the crushed tomatoes, vodka, sugar and chili flakes. Bring the heat up to high and let simmer, stirring until the sauce reduces by about half.
  • Add the cream and mix thoroughly
  • Add the pasta and stir as the sauce thickens and covers all the pasta. Top with fresh parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 1074mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 901IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 6mg