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Penne Alla Vodka with smoked salmon and peppers in a white bowl topped with fresh basil and cracked black pepper
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Penne Alla Vodka with Smoked Salmon

Make penne alla vodka with smoked salmon one of your go-to midweek meals. It's easy to make and well tasty - the whole family will love it.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 442kcal


  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Echalion (banana) shallot or ½ mild white onion
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 400 g Tin chopped tomatoes
  • 16 Cherry tomatoes
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • 20 g Fresh basil
  • 100 g Smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp Double (heavy) cream
  • 300 g Penne pasta (dried)


  • Begin by putting the pepper into the oven to roast for 30 minutes at 200C/ 400F/ GM6. This can be done ahead of time or use a jar to save time (see notes)
  • Chop and fry the shallot and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil until soft
  • Add the vodka and let bubble for 1 minute, then add the tinned tomatoes. Blitz using a stick blender until smooth
  • Pierce the cherry tomatoes and skin & slice the pepper. Add both to the pan and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile cook 300g dried penne pasta - when al-dente, drain and set aside
  • Add the cream, smoked salmon and half the basil. Season to taste
  • Stir the cooked pasta through the sauce, heat until piping hot and serve with the remaining basil scattered on top


A fresh red pepper can be used in this recipe. Deseed and dice it finely, then add to the pan after the shallot has begun to soften. Let cook, stirring occassionally for a few minutes, until it too begins to soften. Expect the sauce to have more texture than it would do were a roasted pepper used.
Substitute the smoked salmon for a cooked fillet of salmon or chicken breast. Flake/ chop before adding to the pan in step 6
Alternatively use bacon, pancetta or uncooked chicken breast instead of the salmon - cube and add to the pan once the shallot has softened and cook for 2 minutes before prceeding to step 3 of the recipe.


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1875IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg