Penne Vodka with Peas and Bacon

Pasta is such a versatile and usually easy thing to put together. You can also make it in huge quantities and reheat it easily. This recipe involves my favorite sauce: vodka sauce. The bacon is optional if you’re vegetarian; the dish will still taste delicious without it. I personally love to top it with some grilled chicken covered with Italian seasoning or some delicious bread.


  • 1 box of penne pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas, slightly thawed
  • 1 jar of vodka sauce (I recommend Bertolli)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4-6 strips of thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced


  1. Prepare penne pasta according to box instructions, until about 2 minutes are left for cooking.
  2. Add frozen peas directly to boiling pasta. Wait until the water boils again.
  3. Cook the pasta and peas for another 2-4 minutes, until pasta and peas are both done. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  5. Add chopped onion, bacon and garlic  to heated oil. Cook until bacon is browned and onions are translucent (about 5-6 minutes).
  6. Add vodka sauce and cooked pasta and peas to the pan with the onion, bacon and garlic. Combine and heat thoroughly, until sauce is bubbling.

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