A quick and delicious pasta dish.


  • 350 g (12oz) penne
  • 25 g (1oz) butter
  • 125 g (4½ oz) pancetta or bacon bits, or 2 slices cooked ham, chopped
  • 4 tblsp vodka
  • 200 ml (7fl oz) double cream
  • 3 tblsp tomato purée
  • a small handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the pancetta and fry for 3-5 minutes until golden. Add the vodka and allow to simmer for a minute before adding the cream, tomato purée and parsley.
  3. Simmer gently for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the sauce and mix through. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese