Penne with Vodka Sauce

by Jessica on March 29, 2011

Penne with Vodka Sauce |

Simple, elegant and perfect for the end of a hectic work day, or even as a comforting Sunday night meal. Penne with Vodka Sauce is one of the easiest dishes to put together… aside from spaghetti, that is. The points value on this may scare you, but even when paired with a grilled chicken breast, salad, dressing and a slice of garlic bread, I stayed on point for the day. It was wonderful and just what I needed to curb my Italian cravings! Mangia!

Penne with Vodka Sauce |

Penne with Vodka Sauce
Adapted from: Weight Watchers

PointsPlus™ Value: 9
Yields: 6 (1-cup) servings

1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 md shallot, minced (about 1/2 c)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
3 tbsp canned tomato paste
2 oz vodka
1/8 tsp Kosher salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
12 oz uncooked penne
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
20 leaves fresh basil, cut into ribbons (chiffonade)

Heat a large skillet over a medium-low heat. Add butter, shallots and garlic; sauté until shallots start to caramelize, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt and pepper, stirring once or twice. Add tomato paste and mix. Cook for about 5 minutes, moving paste around pan occasionally, then add vodka. Scrape bottom of pan with a wooden spoon and cook for about 5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add cream to tomato sauce; reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes. Add pasta to sauce and mix to coat; top with basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine March 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Mmmm…Mmmm…this looks delicious! AND I happen to have all the ingredients! I just love when that happens. 🙂


2 yummychunklet March 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I made a vodka cream sauce (sans vodka) not too long ago. But, I like your version because it’s a WW version! Yum!


3 tinytearoom March 30, 2011 at 3:40 am

I love Penne with Vodka Sauce. This looks delicious!


4 Delia March 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

9pts is not bad for a dinner! Did you calculate it using whole wheat pasta?


5 Jessica March 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

Good call on the whole wheat, Delia! I should’ve used that, but just went with their recipe as written. Next time I’ll try that! 🙂


6 Megan March 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I’ve never made a vodka sauce but it sure sounds easy and tasty.


7 Eliana March 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Vodka sauce is my absolute favorite for pasta. And this one here Jessica looks absolutely perfect.


8 Elaine April 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

Hi, Jessica! I just wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner tonight and we all loved it! It was so easy to put together and it tasted wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


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