Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola Recipe: This Creamy Pasta Alla Vodka Recipe Is a Classic Italian Dish by 30Seconds Food

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Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola Recipe: This Creamy Pasta Alla Vodka Recipe Is a Classic Italian Dish

Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola (penne alla vodka) is a creamy pasta recipe from Italy made with vodka, penne, cream and crushed tomatoes. This pasta with vodka sauce recipe is similar to Ina Garten's version, which put this dish in the spotlight. Serve with garlic bread and a salad

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) plum tomatoes, drained
  • 12 ounces penne, cooked according to package directions for al dente
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Cook the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and oregano. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Pour in the vodka and cook, stirring often, until reduced by half. Set aside. 
  2. Put the tomatoes into a baking dish with a lid. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 1 1/2 hours. 
  3. Put the tomatoes into a blender and puree (carefully if still hot) until smooth. Pour the pureed tomatoes into the pot with the vodka mixture. 
  4. Add the oregano and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the pasta and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Serve with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

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Plum Tomatoes $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Dried Oregano $3 & Up
Penne $2 & Up
Large Soup Pots $10 & Up
Blenders $25 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
I absolutely love pasta with vodka sauce. This recipe looks so good!
I am drooling right now...

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