Instant Pot Penne Vodka Sauce

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Penne Vodka Sauce is one of those decadent dishes that you always order out because it is so rich and lush. However, it is super easy to make at home, less than 30 minutes to perfection.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Pressurizing: 14 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
White bowl of penne vodka sauce with tomatoes and seasonings on the side.

Penne Vodka Sauce is one of those decadent dishes that you always order out because it is so rich and lush. However, it is super easy to make at home in your Instant Pot, with less than 30 minutes to perfection.

White bowl of penne vodka sauce with tomatoes and seasonings  on the side.

This Penne Vodka Sauce recipe allows you to make this amazing pasta dish so quickly but without missing any of the flavor. The pressure cooker allows all the ingredients to meld together in such a quick way, you will think it slow cooked all day long.

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What makes this recipe great? You get so much flavor from the sausage, spices and tomatoes. This is a recipe that never disappoints. Who invented this dish, one would think Italy, however most believe it is an American invention, see more here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Quick, easy and so amazing, you won’t be disappointed,
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: This dish is a real crowd pleaser.
  • Adaptable: Can make it meat free, dairy free, etc…
Side view of a bowl filled with pasta and an instant pot in the background.

What You Need to Make Vodka Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  •  mild Italian sausage
  • garlic
  • crushed red pepper
  • crushed tomatoes
  • chicken broth
  • vodka
  • mini penne pasta
  • heavy cream
  • House Seasoning Blend
Sausage, sauce, chicken stock and all the ingredients need to make Penne Vodka Sauce.

Equipment

How to Make Homemade Vodka Sauce- Step by Step

Pasta being cooked in instant pot with all the ingredients with the sauce and sausage.
  • Sausage: First, set instant pot to sauté and add in the sausage and then chop sausage into bite size pieces while browning.
  • Garlic: Second, once sausage is browned, toss in the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the spices, tomatoes, broth, vodka and pasta. Cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Cream: Finally, manually release the pressure valve, remove the lid and stir in the heavy cream.

Common Questions About Making Penne Vodka Sauce

WHAT DOES THE VODKA DO TO VODKA SAUCE?

The vodka acts as a contrast to all the heavy and sweet flavors of the tomatoes and cream. It adds a little bite.

CAN VODKA SAUCE MAKE YOU DRUNK?

No, the alcohol burns off for the most part, what you are left with is just the flavor of the vodka.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN USE IN PLACE OF VODKA?

If you are out of Vodka, try Gin, it has a neutral flavor that will pair well or even wine will work.Alternatively, fresh lemon juice and water are a good replacement for the vodka.

THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Indeed, this recipe can be frozen for a make ahead meal. It is important to let thaw in the refrigerator first. It may change the texture slightly but it will be fine.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS TO PAIR PENNE ALLA VODKA?

A great salad and some good bread pair well. For Example:
>Air Fryer Garlic Breadsticks
>No Knead Easy Dinner Rolls
>Easy Caesar Salad

Side close up of a white bowl of pasta.

Expert Tips for Making Penne Vodka Sauce

  • Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and cook as directed.
  • Add Peas: Stir in some frozen peas at the end to enhance the flavor.
  • Cheese: Top off your penne in vodka sauce with some Parmesan or other italian cheese.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add chicken or do a meatless version, the flavor will still be amazing.
  • Good tomatoes: For the best flavor use a great crushed tomato, such as San Marzano tomatoes.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Dairy intolerant or vegan. Use a nut milk and liquid aminos.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Gluten free pasta or protein pasta work great in this recipe.

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White bowl of penne vodka sauce with tomatoes and seasonings on the side.

Instant Pot Penne Vodka Sauce

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Penne Vodka Sauce is one of those decadent dishes that you always order out because it is so rich and lush. However, it is super easy to make at home, less than 30 minutes to perfection.
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Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Pressurizing: 14 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 links mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 crushed tomatoes 28-oz can
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 mini penne pasta 16-oz box
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend

Instructions

  • Set instant pot to sauté and toss in the sausage. Chop sausage into bite size pieces while browning.
  • Once sausage is browned, toss in the garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the spices, tomatoes, broth, vodka and pasta. Close the lid and pressure valve and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Manually release the pressure valve, remove the lid and stir in the heavy cream.

Expert Tips

 
  • Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and cook as directed.
  • Add Peas: Stir in some frozen peas at the end to enhance the flavor.
  • Cheese: Top off your penne in vodka sauce with some Parmesan or other italian cheese.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add chicken or do a meatless version, the flavor will still be amazing.
  • Good tomatoes: For the best flavor use a great crushed tomato, such as San Marzano tomatoes.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Dairy intolerant or vegan. Use a nut milk and liquid aminos.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Gluten free pasta or protein pasta work great in this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1512mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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