Tomato-Vodka Sauce

January/February 1995

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Penne is the traditional pasta shape to serve with this mildly hot and smoky tomato-vodka sauce.

Tomato-Vodka Sauce

Makes: 4 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced Canadian bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add Canadian bacon and cook, stirring, until lightly colored, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 30 more seconds.
  2. Add spaghetti sauce, vodka and crushed red pepper and stir until heated through. Serve over cooked pasta.


Per serving: 129 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 3 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 585 mg sodium; 400 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (18% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

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