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


January 12, 2020 15 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 love our vodka sauce. It’s sold at practically every Italian deli, restaurant and pizza place that occupies my entire county.

It would probably be safe to assume that our love for vodka sauce is state wide. Not only is it a favorite to order out but we also make it at home a lot, too.

My mother got this recipe from one of my girlfriends Moms over 30 years ago. She was told it was the best vodka sauce recipe she could ever get.

Man was she right. We’ve never made another recipe for vodka sauce since we found this one. It’s so good that there was never a need to experiment with any other versions.

This is THE recipe. The best vodka sauce that I’ve ever had. Well I should say the best one that I’ve had homemade. Im no chef and had some pretty incredible ones dining out.

I’ve given this recipe out countless times. I like returning the favor that was given to me all those years ago. So now I’d like to pass it along to you…

You’ll Need:

  • Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes
  • Chopped Garlic
  • 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 olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until it’s soft (add hot pepper flakes here if desired).. Use a large pot like the one I have HERE.

Now add the vodka. Bring the heat up and boil for 2-3 minutes. By the way, I only use Titos Vodka. Its my favorite to drink and cook with.

Add the Tuttorosso 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 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 Tuttorosso 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


  • 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.
  • 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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  • Anonymous October 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Best vodka sauce recipe I have tried!

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