Penne Alla Vodka
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
  • 1lb pastaI used Trader Joe’s organic brown rice penne pasta
  • 28ounces can of tomato pureeI like to puree a can of san marzano peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small oniondiced
  • 6cloves garlicminced
  • 1tsp red pepper flakesoptional
  • 1/2cup vodka
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2cups Water
  • 1/2cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggianograted
  • handful parsleychopped
  1. Turn IP on to Saute mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add oil.
  2. Add onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Mix well and cook for 2 mins with a glass lid on.
  3. Add vodka, mix well and cook for another 2 mins to reduce down the vodka.
  4. Add tomato puree, pasta, salt and 2 cups of water. Put IP lid on. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 4 mins (Note, the cook time on Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta is 7-10 mins) followed by QR.
  5. Add cream, parsley and grated cheese. Mix well. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For any other type or brand of pasta, set Instant Pot to Manual(HI) for half the time that is specified as cooking time on the pasta box.

This dish can be made wholesome by adding some sautéed chicken, shrimp, peas or mushrooms. I would sauté the meat or veggies in the Instant Pot as the first step in some oil with salt and pepper. Keep them aside and follow the rest of the recipe. Simply add the toppings on the pasta before serving and enjoy a yummy meal! Sometimes I stir in few handful of baby spinach in the end just before serving.