Instant Pot Penne ala Vodka, new year, dare I say resolution?

Penne Ala VodkaAnother new year came in… In some ways, I welcomed it, with most things I treasure. We had great company, some truly good people, I have come to treasure, lots of good food.

To you and yours, wishing you a wonderful, warm

Yeah, the refrigerator is super full with pretty good food. We had people after a while, despite dishwasher troubles, I had managed to put together a pretty good meal, thank you instant pot!

I make a version of Penne ala vodka, that is usually a big hit with the younger audience. This recipe skips out the vodka. I have been doing that since the longest time, there has not been a huge difference or compliant. I tried this in the instant pot! It certainly is good enough to share.

I was pretty skeptical about creating a pasta dish, sauce and all in one shot, well, skeptical no more! The thing I tweaked a little at take two was cooking it a little less. These pictures are from the first try, but, will up update the next time round.

Penne Ala Vodka_Instant Pot

So, I oscillate on this resolution thing! This year however, it feels like I should make some, it feels more legit if I actually make them and share on this site. General everyday food related, I have been struggling with these for a while.

Food and Meal Planning Related

  1. Take stock of Food cooked on Sundays to plan meals better! Try a weekly meal planning exercise, really a do not overcook exercise.
  2. Try to take my own breakfast and lunch to work, again, I struggle with this one. I am so bad at actually organizing my own meals.

Fitness Related

  1. Find a regular exercise routine, that fits my insane schedule and stick to it.
  2. When it is not so ridiculously cold charge my fitbit and try to do the 15K steps I have committed too!

With Other Life Issues

  1. Need to break out of the super comfort zone, I have settle into and do what I have been planning.
  2. Work on my book project, to get this where I need to go with it.

So what are your new year resolutions? Want to share?

Instant Pot Penne a La Vodka

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Instant Pot Penne a La Vodka

A beautiful rendition of pasta in a tomato cream sauce, a non-alcoholic creation of Penne a la vodka.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional but adds a nice perk)
  • 3 cups of diced tomatoes in their juice (I use a 16 oz pack of Pommi tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped basil to garnish


  1. Turn the instant pot to the saute mode.
  2. Heat the olive oil and add in the chopped garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add in the red pepper flakes and the diced tomatoes and stir well. Note, the tomatoes should be finely diced, if they are chunky puree lightly with the immersion blender.
  4. Add in the sugar and the cream and the pasta with the water.
  5. Add the instant pot cover and set to manual pressure for 1 minutes.
  6. Let the pasta rest for 10 minutes and set release the steam.
  7. When you remove the cover the pasta will appear watery, it settles and the pasta absorbs the liquid pretty quickly.
  8. To serve sprinkle with the parmasan and the chopped basil and serve.


If you wish to add in vodka, you can add about 1/3 cup vodka with the tomato sauce.


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