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This easy vodka sauce is as delicious as it is simple!

With few ingredients, this sauce is a very flavorful tomato based sauce. It pairs well with almost any pasta and goes well with chicken or seafood.

Easy Vodka Sauce on Pasta

Pasta Perfection: Easy Vodka Sauce

  • Vodka and a splash of cream are unique additions that make this sauce. Restaurant quality.
  • Pair it with almost any pasta and add to chicken, sausage or shrimp.
  • It's easy to make but will impress your family!
  • This dish is kid-friendly – the alcohol is cooked out, making it a family favorite.
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Ingredients for Vodka Sauce

  • Onion and Garlic: Onions (or shallots) and garlic add flavor to this sauce.
  • Pancetta: Add a salty, savory depth of flavor. Substitute bacon for pancetta if needed.
  • Vodka: Vodka enhances the flavor of the sauce, so choose an inexpensive vodka for this recipe. The alcohol will evaporate so this recipe is safe for children.
  • tomato: Use canned whole for texture and a blend of crushed tomatoes for vibrant flavor. San Marzanos are the best canned tomatoes if you can get them, but any canned tomato works in this vodka sauce.
  • More Cream : A little cream adds richness.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated Parmesan (or Romano for a sharper edge) adds flavor.
  • Fresh Parsley: Fresh herbs add a refreshing touch. Basil is a great substitute if you prefer.

Pasta and variations

Penne alla vodka is a classic, but rigatoni or linguine are all great choices. This homemade vodka sauce will work with almost any recipe. Try rotini, farfalle or cavatappi.

Any panista? If you prefer, use made-from-scratch meatballs or tortellini filled with cheese or sausage. Add vegetables such as spinach, chopped kale, chopped mushrooms or peas.

How to Make Vodka Sauce

This vodka sauce recipe is a classic sauce that is very easy to make.

  1. Cook the onion in butter or olive oil until soft. Add the pancetta and cook until some of the fat has rendered.
  2. Add the vodka and garlic and cook according to the recipe below.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parsley cheese and parsley.
Accompanied by a bowl of pasta with a cooked vodka sauce

Tips for the Perfect Pasta Sauce

  • Boil the pasta just until al dente and save some of the pasta water to add to the sauce. This gives the sauce more texture and helps it stick to the pasta.
  • For an extra smooth sauce without the tomato chunks, puree the sauce in a small blender before adding the cheese in step 6.

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Easy Vodka Sauce

A creamy and tomato-based pasta sauce with vodka adds a unique richness and depth to the flavor.

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 55 minutes

Full time 1 the hour 15 minutes

A saucepan
  • Using your hands, squeeze and crush the tomatoes into a bowl (reserving the juice) and set aside.

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the pancetta or bacon and continue cooking until some of the fat has rendered, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.

  • Add the vodka and bring to a gentle boil, uncovered for 2 minutes.

  • Stir in whole and crushed tomatoes (with any juices) and pepper flakes. Boil and uncover for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the cream and simmer for another 9 to 11 minutes or until thickened.

  • Remove from heat, and add Parmesan cheese and parsley. Stir, taste, and season with salt and pepper.

This is enough sauce to toss with 16 oz of dry pasta.
No vodka? No problem! Use a splash of white wine instead (although this would no longer technically be a vodka sauce). If you want to make this recipe without alcohol, omit the vodka. This will change the flavor but it will still be delicious.
San Marzano tomatoes If you can get them, preference is given. Break up whole tomatoes by hand with the back of a wooden spoon before using or in the pan.
Add grilled shrimp, shredded chicken, or Italian sausage if desired.
Save some of the pasta water, if you mix the sauce with the pasta, add a little of the pasta water. Not only does this help with the consistency, but the starch also helps the sauce adhere better.

Serving: 0.25of instruction | Calories: 510 | Carbohydrates: 21Yes | Protein: 11Yes | fat: 39Yes | Saturated Fat: 19Yes | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3Yes | Monounsaturated fats: 14Yes | Trans fats: 1Yes | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 771mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 4Yes | Sugar: 11Yes | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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