One Pot Penne alla Vodka

I know you don’t need a good excuse to eat pasta now, but how about a one pot penne alla vodka?? That’s right, everything including raw noodles, is dumped into one pot. It can’t get easier then this!

Ingredients for one pot penne alla vodka.

What do I need:

  • Penne noodles- Classic. Ya know, like the name.
  • Tomato sauce
  • Milk- I prefer to use whole milk for a creamier result.
  • Heavy cream
  • Tomato paste- for some extra tomato flavor.
  • Vodka- Yes it’s made with actual vodka! The alcohol totally cooks out though, so it’s safe to serve to anyone under 21.
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic- I find it easiest to use the frozen cubes, but feel free to swap for fresh minced garlic.
  • Red pepper flakes- for a hint of heat. You can skip this if your making this for kids or you prefer not to use it.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

How to make one pot penne alla vodka:

Literally just dump everything in the pot. I promise. I started with the pasta then added the liquids and flavor boosters like vodka, parmesan, and spices. Give everything a good mix then cook it on a simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked to your liking. Serve with more freshly grated parmesan if you’d like!

One pot penne alla vodka combined in a pot.


Pasta is best when eaten right away, which is not hard to do. If you find yourself with leftovers, store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Rewarm and enjoy!

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One Pot Penne alla Vodka

This one pot penne alla vodka is as easy as it sounds! All the ingredients are poured into one pot, raw noodles included, and cooked together.
Course Main Course
Keyword one pot, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 box penne 1 lb
  • 30 oz tomato sauce 2 cans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan plus more for serving (optional)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or 2 cubes frozen garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • Add all the ingredients to a big pot and mix it up.
  • Cook on a simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring often.
  • When the pasta is cooked according to your preference, remove it from the flame.
  • Serve with additional grated parmesan on top, if desired.

My kids always love to order penne alla vodka when we eat out. I wanted to create and really delicious restaurant worthy penne, without working too hard. I love to serve mine with a side of garlic bread, and or caser salad. It’s a real pasta dinner winner! I hope you enjoy this recipe. Feel free to comment below!

until next time,


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