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 Tara Ippolito.
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 sauce when its done right and this recipe is the BEST there is.
My mother got this recipe from a friend over 30 years ago.
This was before the internet or Pinterest to help with dinner inspiration so it was treated like gold in our house.
This is THE one. The best vodka sauce that I’ve ever had. It will be the best you’ve ever had, too.
I know that’s a really bold assumption but I feel like I can confidently say that and mean every word.
Ive shared this vodka sauce recipe with so many people across social media and in my personal life.
They all say the same thing. That this the best vodka sauce that they’ve ever had.
Other delicious pasta sauces:
If you like this recipe here are a few other really fast, simple and delicious pasta recipes you’ll love, too.
Can I get drunk from eating vodka sauce:
Whenever I post this recipe to social media, people always ask me the same question. Can I get drunk from eating this?
The answer in NO. Absolutely not.
Any alcohol is cooked out of the sauce so there’s no change in getting drunk eating this sauce.
That means, yes, its safe for kids to enjoy, too!
So eat up without worrying if it will cause a hangover the next day.
What Pasta should I choose?
Penne and vodka sauce go hand in hand. Its by far the most popular pasta to choose for this one.
That’s because those little ridges and grooves really help that sauce stick to it.
So any pasta that’s got some texture to hold onto that sauce will do.
If penne isn’t your thing, here are a couple of other pastas that work very well:
Try it on ravioli, tortellini and even gnocchi, too. SO SO good!
The best vodka sauce Recipe Video:
How can I use vodka sauce?
There are so many uses of this sauce recipe! You’re really only limited to your imagination here.
Anything you use tomato sauce for can be easily swapped out of this.
Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
- Chicken Parmesan ( using the best chicken cutlets )
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Dipping Sauce in place of marinara
- Soup Starters
vodka sauce ingredients:
- Chopped Garlic
- Crushed Tomatoes
- Chopped Onion
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- Heavy Cream
- Freshly Grated Parmesan
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning
extended youtube vodka sauce recipe video:
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 just made the best vodka sauce ever.
The Best Vodka Sauce
- 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.
Also, don’t rush the sauce. It will take a full hour to cook and be worth it!