Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce

If you’ve ever had Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce, you’ll never forget it.  It’s a wonderfully creamy tomato sauce served with your favorite pasta. Pasta Alla Vodka is ready in under 30 minutes.

pasta alla vodka sauce in a bowl

Vodka Sauce

You might think vodka sauce was created when an Italian and a Russian met up for dinner. But according to Williams-Sonoma, this recipe has its origins in the 1980s. It is said this dish was created to popularize Vodka in Italy.

If you don’t drink alcohol, this is one dish that you can substitute chicken stock or another type of stock. Note that it won’t be quite the same. And rest assured alcohol completely evaporates when cooked in food.

So making this recipe won’t get you tipsy but the vodka will add great flavor. Please read this web page if you have concerns.

How to Make Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce

This recipe sounds way more complicated than it is.  It only takes 20 minutes to make.  And you can save this sauce for multiple meals.

Here’s what you need:

  • Garlic
  • White Onion
  • Prosciutto
  • Olive Oil
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vodka
  • Tomato paste
  • Penne Pasta
  • Parmesan Cheese

First heat up the onions and garlic in the olive oil.  When the onion is almost translucent, add the prosciutto and crushed red pepper.

When the onions are fully cooked, add the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cook for a few minutes before adding the heavy cream and the vodka. Continue to stir until it thickens up.

Serve with penne pasta and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce!

Notes

  • If you don’t have prosciutto, you can also use bacon or even sausage.
  • To make the sauce thicker, add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.
  • We serve this sauce with penne pasta but another type of pasta will work just fine!
  • Other substitutes for the vodka include water, apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice.

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pasta alla vodka sauce in a bowl

Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce

Pasta Alla Vodka Sauce is a classic Italian dish that you can put together in no time at all. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 520kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 4 ounces prosciutto you can use bacon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 14 ounces chopped tomatoes 1 can
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce 1 can
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste - if desired to make thicker

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and onion to the pan. Saute garlic and onion to where the onion is almost translucent.
  •  Add in chopped prosciutto to the pan along with the crushed red pepper, and saute until the onions are translucent. When the onions are translucent add in chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce. 
  • Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes stirring from time to time. Add in cream and mix thoroughly. Add in vodka and cook for about an additional five minutes. To serve mix sauce and pasta together before serving, and garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley if desired.

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Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • If you don't have prosciutto, you can also use bacon or even sausage.
  • To make the sauce thicker, add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.
  • We serve this sauce with penne pasta but another type of pasta will work just fine!
  • Other substitutes for the vodka include water, apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1615IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Rebecca {Foodie with Family}

    My favourite pasta sauce is probably Carbonara… not really a sauce as much as a coating, but this vodka sauce looks great!

    • stephaniemanley

      5 stars
      I think I am with you on loving Carbonara sauce. I love these easy pasta sauces. It makes dinner happen quickly.

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