Pressure Cooker Penne with Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce Recipe

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Pressure Cooker Penne With Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce Recipe


SERVES 4 – Cooker: 5- to 7-quart – Time: 7 minutes at HIGH pressure

  • 3 cups dry penne (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar plain marinara sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream, heated
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. In a 5- to 7-quart pressure cooker, combine the pasta, marinara sauce, tomatoes, pepper flakes, water, vodka, and oil
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Close and lock the lid
  4. Set the burner heat to high
  5. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  6. Set a timer to cook for 7 minutes
  7. Remove the pot from the heat
  8. Open the cooker with the Quick Release method
  9. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  10. Stir in the cream, basil, and pepper to taste
  11. Replace the cover and let stand a few minutes to thicken and set up
  12. Taste for salt
  13. Portion the penne into shallow bowls or on dinner plates and serve with the Parmesan for sprinkling and the pepper grinder on the side

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