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Pasta alla Vodka Sauce | Simmer & Sage

Pasta alla Vodka

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Velvety tomato cream sauce with shell pasta, sweet peas and salty, smoky bacon - pure indulgence!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword dinner, pasta
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. medium shell pasta
  • 1 large yellow onion minced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 9 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups sweet green peas fresh or frozen and defrosted
  • 8-10 strips turkey bacon
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Before draining, reserve about 3/4 cup of pasta water. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and dice into small pieces.
  • Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, red pepper and salt.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and pour in the vodka. Allow the vodka to nearly evaporate. Then, pour in the heavy cream.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer. Add the peas and allow the sauce to thicken slightly. Add reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to the desired consistency. Off heat, stir in the pasta and bacon.