One-Pot Wonders

Instant Pot Penne a la Vodka

March  4, 2020
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Photo by Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles
  • Prep time 4 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This instant pot version of Penne a la vodka is ridiculously easy and gets done in 20 minutes in your instant pot. It is a popular recipe in our house and I often make it without the vodka for a tomato cream pasta. —Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles

What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes in their juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups cups water
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmasan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  1. Turn the instant pot to the saute mode. Heat the olive oil and add in the chopped garlic and saute until fragrant.
  2. Add in the oregano and the diced tomatoes and stir well. Note, the tomatoes should be finely diced, if they are chunky puree lightly with the immersion blender.
  3. Add in the vodka, salt, sugar, pasta and water.
  4. Cover and set to manual pressure for 2 minutes. Do a quick release after 5 minutes.
  5. When you remove the cover the pasta will appear watery, and even under-cooked. it settles and the pasta absorbs the liquid pretty quickly. Stir in the cream and Parmesan
  6. Serve hot garnished with fresh basil

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