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Shrimp and Vodka Penne Pasta

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Cyndi


  • 1 16 ounce penne pasta
  • 8-10 jumbo shrimp
  • Sprinkle of salt and paprika for shrimp
  • 3 tablespoon butter divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes more if you want it spicier
  • 2/3 cups vodka
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, drain and place back in large pot.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add the shrimp. Cook for 5 minutes, making sure not to move or stir shrimp. This will ensure that your shrimp gets a nice roasted texture. Then turn shrimp over to the other side. Cook for additional 5 minutes, following the same steps listed above. Once the shrimp is cooked, add the garlic and red chili flakes. Toss to coat and cook for additional 1-2 minutes. Remove shrimp to small bowl.
  • Add the remanning tablespoon of butter and vodka to the same skillet. Cook until vodka cooks down and is reduced by half, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and half and half. Simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the sauce the pasta and stir to coat. Then add the Parmesan cheese, shrimp and basil.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!