Penne with Vodka Sauce
March 14th, 2011|Filed Under Pasta, Recipes

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As the saying from our childhood goes, first comes love, then comes marriage, right. To that end, Rachel Ray has created a vodka sauce that she guarantees will get you engaged. If only it were that simple. Rachel, have you forsaken your fans in the LGBT community who can’t marry the one they love, vodka sauce potion or not?

Maybe this pandering is just Ray taking advantage of all the desperate single women to sell more cookbooks. Or perhaps she’s an undercover agent for the Westboro Baptist “Church.” What, is the LGBT community only allowed to eat meals that take longer than 30 minutes to prepare?

This vodka sauce won’t promise you “it gets better” like a certain high-ranking government official. It won’t propel you to call your PR director to write you a heartfelt speech, set up a FlipCam and tell you that it may be rough now, but don’t you worry, ’cause when you’re older, you will have even less rights as a human than they do. So just hang in there. However, I do promise you that it will make you feel good for a bit. That’s it. If you decide to eat too much, it will make you feel fat, but that is your choice. And a choice is what a lot of people don’t have right now.

Maybe Ray could whip up a sauce that would change the hearts and minds of those people standing in the way of equality. Until then, this will have to do.

Recipe: Penne with Vodka Sauce


  • 1 Box Cooked Penne
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Cans San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes – Seeded
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 1/2 Large White Onion – Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 12-15 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 6 Scallions – Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half


  1. In a large pot, add the oil, onions, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and cook over medium-low heat until the onions are translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Once the onions are cooked, add the seeded tomatoes and the juice from the cans then simmer over medium-low heat for an hour.
  2. While the tomato mixture is cooking, in a smaller pot add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the remaining half onion and the scallions. Cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Slowly add the vodka and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Smell it to make sure you don’t smell any more alcohol. Once that alcohol has burned off, add the half and half and reduce until thick, about 10 more minutes. Set aside.
  3. After the tomato mixture has cooked for an hour, remove it from heat and let it rest for 30 minutes to cool down. Place the fresh basil in a blender and add some of the tomato mixture, then puree until smooth. Pour out into a third pot, then add some more tomatoes to the blender and puree. You’ll have to do this in batches. Combine the tomato and cream mixture in the large pot and heat for 10 minutes. Toss with penne and serve.

Number of servings (yield): 6

Meal type: dinner

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4 Responses to “Penne with Vodka Sauce”

  1. Fernando says:

    What kind of vodka should I use? Also, If I use 2 cups of vodka, will i get drunk? eeeey maaambo, mambo italiano, eeeh maaambo, mambo italianoooooo!!!

  2. Dee says:

    I’m hungry….can I have some to go please…If it comes with mambo moves, even better :)

  3. Tracy says:

    Can’t wait to make this one!!

  4. I have never had vodka sauce!! I do like vodka though ;-)

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