|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 33g||42%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||67%|
|Total Carbohydrate 56g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||23%|
|Total Sugars 11g|
|Vitamin C 20mg||99%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Whether it’s date night, family night, or comfort food-cause-I-wanna night, this penne alla vodka dish is a fantastic pasta recipe. Loaded with ground beef and crushed tomatoes, this easy dinner is creamy and satisfying, with a little vodka kick. Top it off with fresh grated Parmesan cheese for a sharp, salty finish.
The dish cooks up in under an hour using one pot (aside from the pasta), so it's a great last-minute dinner idea. You'll start by sautéing the onions, then cook the seasoned ground beef before adding the remaining ingredients. Canned tomatoes are a quick base for the sauce, and the vodka is a nice touch that makes it extra special. Adding a little heavy cream gives the sauce a nice richness.
In the meantime, cook the pasta. Penne is a great option, though you can use another cylindrical pasta, such as rigatoni or ziti. Then again, if you have another type of round or strand pasta in the pantry, it will work just fine. Measure the pasta after it's cooked; adding too much will overwhelm the dish, and you may not have enough sauce. If you made too much, store the cooked pasta in the fridge with a little olive oil and use it for lunch.
The penne alla vodka is hearty enough to stand on its own, but adding your favorite pasta side dishes will complete the meal. Cheesy garlic bread and a side salad are a delightfully simple and quick combo. During the summer, go with garden-fresh options like roasted eggplant, peppers, or zucchini, or a Caprese salad. Parmesan-stuffed mushrooms would be an excellent addition to the table as well.
Click Play to See This Recipe Come Together
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 cups cooked penne
Grated Parmesan cheese, for optional topping
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat
Add the onion and sauté until translucent.
Add the beef, salt, and black pepper, and cook until the beef is browned through.
Add the crushed tomatoes, vodka, and chile 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 cooked pasta and stir as the sauce thickens and covers all the pasta. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese if desired.