Shrimp Penne alla Vodka is easy to make and so delicious! Sautéed shrimp with penne pasta in a creamy tomato vodka sauce. What’s not to like!
What is Shrimp Penne alla Vodka
Shrimp Penne alla Vodka is also known as Pasta with Vodka Sauce. It is a pasta dish made with vodka and penne pasta noodles. It’s usually made with heavy cream, tomatoes, and onions.
Different types of protein can be used to go with it, for example, shrimp (as I have in this recipe) or sausage, pancetta or peas if you are going for a meat free dish.
How to make Pasta with Vodka Sauce
First gather your ingredients:
- 8 oz shrimp, deveined and tails removed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz uncooked penne pasta noodles
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup milk
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh basil, optional to taste
- Parmesan cheese, optional to taste
Cook penne pasta according to package directions.
While penne is cooking, in a In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add shrimp and sauté for about 2-3 minutes until shrimp is pink and opaque. Remove from heat and set aside.
Now we prepare the sauce – heat a skillet over medium heat and add butter. Add chopped onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes or until it becomes slightly translucent and soft.
Add vodka and stir for about 30 seconds to a minute, and add in the tomato paste. Stir well.
Add milk and reduce heat to medium low to allow the sauce to 1) become warmer and 2) thicken. Let it cook until your desired consistency.
Add the drained pasta, cooked shrimp, salt, pepper, along with parmesan cheese and basil if using and toss to mix well.
Remove from heat and serve!