Follow/Be a Fan


Honeymoon Ravioli

Nutella Bread for Dessert or for Breakfast!


Learn to Make Fresh Pasta (with a video!)

Easy Italian Pulled Pork

I love to sew - come on over and see what I'm making!

Make Homemade Limoncello


Harvest Grape Bread

Tips for Homemade Marinara Sauce

Breakfast Fruit Walkaway is a family favorite

A Delicious Vegetarian Dish: Pasta alla Norma

Love knitting? Come read my knitting blog, Italian Dish Knits.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Eating Our Way Through the Amalfi Coast

Make Whipped Cream Firm

My Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

SUBSCRIBE for free and never miss a post:



or Use Key Words to Search this Site

Eggplant Lasagna

Lemon Cake from Capri

Cacio e Pepe

Learn to Make Arancini


Bucatini all' Amatraciana

Learn How to Make Artisan Bread with no Kneading for Pennies


 Thanks, Mom!


Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits Require No Baking

Make Pie Dough in 60 Seconds!

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract


Spicy Bucatini all'Amatriciana - a Roman Classic

My Mom's Pork Chops

Chocolate Panna Cotta


My Five Inexpensive Kitchen Essentials

Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese

« Farro Salad | Main | Stuffed Peppers »

Penne with Salmon in Vodka Sauce

I think I've reached the cracking point. The high for the next couple of days here is still only going to be in the twenties.  This has been the longest, coldest, snowiest (we broke a record in February for snow) winter. Then Cookiecrumb over at I'm Mad and I Eat had the nerve to post a picture of a daffodil blooming in her yard. That really did me in. My back yard, on the other hand, looks like this:


So last night I cooked a friend a birthday dinner.  I knew she liked pasta and salmon, so this was a perfect dish for her.  We started off, however, with these:

Limoncello cocktails.  Simply a shot of limoncello, topped off with champagne (actually, we used an Italian Prosecco) and a slice of lemon.  No ice, because you keep the limoncello in the freezer and ice would only dilute the drink.

Penne with Salmon in Vodka Sauce
serves 4

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 15 oz can pureed or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 salmon fillets, chopped
  • chopped dill
  • fresh thyme
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
Boil pasta in salted water until al dente.  
While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.  Saute shallot in olive oil in skillet.  Add tomatoes and vodka and cook for 2 minutes.  Add chicken broth and herbs.  Add salmon and gently cook for five minutes.  Stir in cream.   Add cooked pasta to skillet and coat with sauce.


PrintView Printer Friendly Version

Reader Comments (10)

It's all the global warming...

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBMac

Last time we visited you I thought your Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks and Tater Tots were pretty good. This looks much tastier. I guess you've been upgrading your offering.

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

George: Do I know you?

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertheitaliandish

Oh, darn. Sorry about the daffodil.
Heck, your meal and the cocktail sure look better than anything I'm doing in my spring-like kitchen!
Hang in there. I send you warm hugs.

March 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercookiecrumb

looks great except the cold part

i made a version of the peppers last night!

March 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercook eat FRET

I actually have made this twice in the last week. I was very pleased and I think my guests were as well. I also served the lemoncello coctails but the bellinis were a bigger hit. Very fun and unusual. Thanks!

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Just cooked this mmm pretty good need a bit more refinement but gd!

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

cooked Salmon or raw? Help....getting ready to make this dish, Looks exactly like What I envisioned!
Cant wait...
to make it.................then eat it!

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlesia

From The Italian Dish:

Aliesia: I used raw salmon!

January 15, 2012 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

This sounded so good and I had all the ingredients. Now that I have everything together, the sauce tastes too bitter, like too much vodka. How do I make it not so bitter now? Dinner is ready to be served, and I have nothing to serve!! Please help!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>