Why restrict your vodka sauce consumption to pasta? This penne a la vodka pizza combines this creamy sauce with zucchini, red bell peppers, and burrata to make an awesome pizza.
penne a la vodka pizza with burrata

….and pretty much all of our favorite summer veggies.

But that would have made for a REALLY long title. And you know I am nothing if not concise. (In opposite world.)


Growing up, an actual penne a la vodka slice was my go-to order from the local pizzeria. Like, with pasta ON THE PIZZA.

Oh to have the metabolism of an eight year old.


Now that I have the taste buds of an adult, so much carb on carb on carb on carb action feels a little bit like overkill.

Whereas putting hard liquor in my pizza sauce feels a lot like a necessity.


This pizza combines the two – creamy vodka sauce + even CREAMIER burrata + zucchini and bell pepper.

Because we’re adults.

And we can pizza however we want.


Penne A La Vodka Pizza with Burrata
Why restrict your vodka sauce consumption to pasta? This penne a la vodka pizza combines this creamy sauce with zucchini, red bell peppers, and burrata to make an awesome pizza.
Yield: 1 pizza
For the pizza dough
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water, divided
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For the pizza
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ⅓ cup vodka
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • fresh basil, minced
  • 8 oz burrata, torn into chunks
  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast with a pinch of sugar and ¼ cup lukewarm water, stirring to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. If it becomes foamy, then the yeast is alive and raring to go! If not, then the yeast is probably dead or too old and your dough won't rise, so go buy more.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook attachment, combine the flour, yeast/water mixture, remaining ¾ cup water, olive oil, and salt. Stir on medium speed until dough comes together. Stir on medium-high speed for five minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter on medium heat until melted. Add the shallots to the pan along with a pinch of salt and saute for about 3 minutes, or until the shallots are starting to caramelize. Add the zucchini and red bell pepper to the pan. Saute for 5-6 minutes or until starting to become tender. Add the vodka to the pan and reduce by half, simmering for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cooking for 10-12 minutes or until thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in the heavy cream.
  4. Heat oven to 500F.
  5. Rub a 12-inch pizza pan with olive oil. When the dough has risen, spread it out over the prepared pan.
  6. Spread the sauce and veggies over the crust, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust. Top with the basil and burrata. Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottom starts to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 slices

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27 Responses to Penne a La Vodka Pizza with Burrata

  1. Vodka on a pizza? Now that sounds like my kind of a Friday night. I think it needs to come with some kind of vodka dip too.

  2. I have made vodka sauce for my pasta before, but on pizza? wow..that must be AMAZING!

  3. Oh, man. You are gonna GO places with this pizza, girl! I mean, this is so freakin’ genius! I don’t know if I would be able to wait until the weekend to dig into a slice of this. Neeeeeeed now!

  4. Joanne, oh my gawd this pizza!!!!! I want all the burrata!!!!! it’s beautiful!

  5. This looks so good, Joanne! I love penne a la vodka but am totally scared to start eating pasta on pizza. What a great compromise!

  6. Oh baby – this is SO up my alley – pinning this one and making it ASAP.

  7. STAHP. I can’t handle this! But actually I think I’m going to cancel my dinner plans tonight to make this. The dough looks so soft and chewy, while the tomato base sauce must just soak into it creating the most delicious pie ever! Oh and then burrata? Girl. Giiiiiirl!

  8. Lori Rice says:

    A little booze on a pizza is a pretty brilliant idea! The burrata takes it over the top!

  9. Oh, what Joanne! This is an awesome idea!! Now I’m dreaming about pizza until I go get one of my own. How come I had never thought of this!? Delicious!
    Have a nice week

  10. A boozy pizza! I’m all over this. Joanne! It sounds scrumptious!

  11. Vodka sauce is just the best and so is burrata! Love this 🙂 Pinning!

  12. Kate says:

    I don’t know about pasta on pizza, but your interpretation of the sauce with burrata I can definitely get behind.

  13. I love vodka sauce! What a great idea to put it on a pizza.

    P.S. I am secretly a tiny bit disappointed there is not penne on the pizza.

  14. Oh, yes please – that’s a real tasty bite of summer:-)

  15. Zainab says:

    Oh genius!! I never thought of vodka sauce on pizza.

  16. Ahhhhhh, yes. If only I had the metabolism I had back then. You know what? I’d rather have a slice or two of this pizza, seriously right up my alley than be a skinny, cranky you.know.what. Not sure which image to Pin…..

  17. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, love this sauce, had something like this a few years ago but it was on pasta and it was delicious!

  18. Christine says:

    This is brilliant! Love vodka pasta sauce and on a pizza? Heaven!

  19. Your pizza looks so yummy. I have never had vodka in my pizza sauce before, sound like I have been missing out big time.

  20. Erica says:

    I had pizza on Sunday but now I need it again… fuel for the long hours in the OR right!? Also this is the perfect combination of toppings, zucchini and burrata? 100% in love!

  21. This would make a great before gym meal 🙂

  22. Hotly Spiced says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had vodka on a pizza before. I love the look of the pizza and would like to give vodka sauce a try xx

  23. Kelly says:

    This pizza looks gorgeous! Love the vodka sauce! Totally brilliant!

  24. Johanna GGG says:

    Pasta on pizza? Oh my! Vodka in pizza sauce? Inspired!

  25. yessss vodka sauce on pizza is GENIUS!

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