Vodka Sauce

Vodka Sauce
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You asked for it. Here it is… Vodka Sauce! I love this sauce with all my heart. The first time I made this I was delighted with how simple it was and then a little confused as to why I had not always made my own vodka sauce.

Quick Dinner

I have made this several times now using a variety of different cheeses (don’t tell anyone but I have even used Laughing Cow Cheese!). But that’s the beauty of this vodka sauce I can usually open up my refrigerator and find the ingredients I’m looking for to make this sauce.

Kitchen Sink Dinner

I bet you’re thinking you need pasta to make this sauce, on the contrary! We love this over veggies, salmon, chicken, or meatballs. That’s why I call it a kitchen sink dinner open up that refrigerator and see what you have in there and either add it to your pasta for extra veggies or enjoy a gluten-free or keto meal with this rich sauce over the top.

Vodka Sauce


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup cheese Parmesan, cheddar, or cream cheese will work
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ladles pasta water
  • basil
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes optional


  • In a saute pan heat butter on medium-high heat, once melted add garlic and onions. Saute until translucent.
    2. Stir in tomato paste. Add vodka and stir (at this point I throw in any veggies I would like and let them saute for 2 minutes).
    3. Add cream let it come to temperature before adding the cheese. Add pepper flakes for a kick and hand ripped basil.
    4. Add one or two ladles of pasta water to the sauce. Enjoy on top of your favorite pasta!

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