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Penne Alla Vodka
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Penne Alla Vodka - Instant Pot

Italian classic pasta dish made in a creamy tomato, garlic, vodka sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: penne alla vodka
Servings: 6
Calories: 476kcal


  • 1 LB pasta I used Trader Joe’s organic brown rice penne pasta
  • 28 oz tomato puree I like to puree a can of san marzano peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup parmigiano reggiano grated
  • 1/4 cup Parsley chopped


  • Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode and heat oil.
  • Add onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes with a glass lid on.
  • Add vodka, mix well and cook for another 2 mins to reduce down the vodka.
  • Add pasta,  2 cups of water, tomato puree and salt. Close the Instant Pot and Manual/pressure cook for 4 minutes (Note, the cook time on Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta is 7-10 mins) followed by Quick Release.
  • Stir in cream. Add parsley and grated cheese. Mix well and Serve hot.
  • Note: 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. 



Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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