Penne ala Vodka


  1. 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  2. 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  3. 100 – 150g cooked Ham (optional), diced
  4. 1 small onion, chopped fine
  5. 1 Tbsp garlic chopped
  6. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  7. 1/4 cup vodka
  8. 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  9. 2 tbsp Parsley , chopped
  10. 1 can of tomatoes deseeded and chopped (I used Italian plum tomatoes)
  11. 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a saucepan and then add in and cook the onion and garlic till translucent.
  2. Add in the ham, lower the flame and let it cook for about 10 minutes, stir it occasionally.
  3. Add tomatoes and parsley and cook till almost no liquid remains in pan (med-low heat) stirring frequently…
  4. Add cream, vodka and chilli flakes and boil until thickened to sauce consistency.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Sauce can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.
  6. Cook penne pasta in a large pot of boiling water with salt till al dente. (They will cook a little more with the sauce)
  7. Bring sauce to simmer and add in the pasta. Whisk in for a minute and serve. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.
  8. Enjoy…