The Best Vodka Sauce creamy vodka sauce for pasta 6-8


January 12, 2020 20 Comments

This really is the best vodka sauce I’ve ever had. It takes one hour to make but it’s so worth the wait.

From the recipe collection of Al Dente Diva.

The Best Vodka Sauce

Where I’m from in New Jersey we really do love our vodka sauce. It’s sold at practically every Italian deli, restaurant and pizza place around. There truly is nothing better then vodka sauce when its done right and this recipe is the best there is.

My mother got this recipe from one of her friends over 30 years ago. This was of course before the internet or Pinterest to help with dinner inspiration. This recipe was treated like gold in our house.

This is THE recipe. The best vodka sauce that I’ve ever had. It just so happens that plenty of other people agree with me, too. Since sharing this recipe on my social media platforms its gained millions of views. All of those views have brought hundreds of comments from people raving about how great the save is. CLICK HERE to view one of the posts if you’re curious.

We received this recipe all of those years ago and now Im paying it forward by passing it along to you. I hope you enjoy it If you like this recipe you’ll also love my Tortellini Soup Recipe and Creamy Tomato Sauce Recipe, too.

You’ll Need:

  • Chopped Garlic
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Chopped Onion
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • Butter
  • Heavy Cream
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • Vodka
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning

How To Do It:

First, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until it’s soft (add hot pepper flakes here if you like it spicy).

Now add the vodka. Bring the heat up and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes then season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Now add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese.

Then simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Taste the sauce and re season if needed. I usually need to add a little salt and some more Italian seasoning.

Lastly add a ladle of pasta water and serve over pasta. Penne is what it’s usually served with but choose whatever you like.

You’re done! You’ve made the best vodka sauce ever.

I think this vodka sauce will be a recipe that you like, too. I hope it makes to your family table. Enjoy!

The Best Vodka Sauce

This vodka sauce recipe has been in my family for over 30 years. It’s the best one ever.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: vodka sauce recipe
Author: Al Dente Diva


  • Medium Size Pot


  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Vodka
  • 1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes Optional
  • 1 ladle Pasta Water


  • Heat olive oil and 1 tbs of butter in a large sauté pan or pot.
  • Add onion and chopped garlic. Sauté until soft.
  • Add Italian Seasoning, pepper flakes (of desires) and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the vodka and the heat up and boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and a little more Italian seasoning.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
  • Add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Season to taste and add 1 tbs of butter.
  • Add pasta water to save and serve over prepared penne pasta.


I don’t like to give measurement for salt and pepper because people have different sensitivities towards that.
Also, don’t rush the sauce. It will take a full hour to cook and be worth it!   
Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • KnRsDad January 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I ask for vodka sauce on any parm hero that I order. Definitely a game changer!!

    Also, do you send out notifications for your posts immediately? I see this was posted on January 12th, and I just got the email notification yesterday. Don’t wanna miss a thing!!!

    • Al Dente Diva January 22, 2020 at 1:45 am

      You are awesome. Thank you. I’m still trying to figure this whole thing out. Right now it goes my the date I started the draft not the release date so some may seem off. I’m working on that

  • Ken March 18, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    In the video you say 2 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes but the recipe says 1. Can you help clarify that please. Trying recipe tonight. Thank you

    • Al Dente Diva March 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Hello! So sorry it’s one can! I hope you like it

  • Ken March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you again can’t wait to try it !!!!!!

  • Jennifer April 6, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    When are you suppose to add the garlic powder?

  • kris May 8, 2020 at 12:54 am

    This sauce was so yummy and easy to make!

  • Anonymous October 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    How much pasta will this amount of sauce cover?

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    Best vodka sauce recipe I have tried!

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  • Anonymous January 9, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    This is by far the best vodka sauce I have ever tried …made it today … doesn’t surprise me you are from Jersey … ThankYou Much!!! keep the recipes coming

    • Al Dente Diva January 10, 2022 at 12:02 am

      Thank you so so much for trying this recipe & the nice comment. So
      Glad you liked it 💜

  • Anonymous January 9, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Best Vodka sauce I have ever had …. No surprise you are from Jersey … thanks keep the recipes coming

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