Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Healthy Penne Vodka Sauce & Vegetables

Tonight's dinner was fairly easy and quick! I used this recipe for healthy penne with vodka sauce.

I enjoy trying new recipes and this one is pretty good and healthy.


16 ounce multigrain or whole wheat Penne
1 pound zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch quarter-moons
1 cup frozen peas
8 cups baby spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
6 ounces sliced Canadian bacon, chopped
1/2 cup vodka
1 15 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 - 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook following package directions, 11 minutes. Add zucchini and peas during last 3 minutes. Stir in spinach. Drain and place back into the pot.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; add Canadian bacon and vodka and cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt and red pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

3. Stir half-and-half and 1/4 cup cheese into the sauce. Toss with pasta and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir and spoon into serving bowl and top with remaining cheese.

If you need more carbs you can add some bread on the side. For nutrition information you can visit the website

If you try it let me know! Do you have any healthy recipes you love, want to share?


  1. That looks yummy! I may have to give it a try I think the boys might even eat it. I posted a "Vegetable chili" recipe this week that was very good.

  2. That looks delicious, sans bacon. Do you think it would change the taste a lot if I leave it out? I'm a vegetarian.

  3. Beth, that sounds so great! I love vodka sauce! :) Thanks so much for sharing!