Pasta With Vodka Sauce

Vodka gives this pasta recipe a subtle, but delicious taste you’ll love. There are flavour compounds in tomatoes that can only be released if cooked with alcohol, and this vodka sauce is a great way to experience them.


Don’t worry if you’re driving after dinner, 99% of the alcohol in this pasta with vodka sauce is cooked out during the preparation.

Vodka pasta


Prep time: 10 min | Cooking time: 30 min | Serves: 4

  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup  cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ kg dried pasta, elbow / Penne
  1. Put the water for the pasta on to boil before you start the sauce. Add vegetable oil and salt and add pasta to cook. You will need a big pan, enough to take the pasta and its sauce later.
  2. Combine vodka and red pepper; set aside.
  3. In a large pan, heat olive oil and add the finely chopped onion and a sprinkling of salt. Cook the onion fairly gently for about 15 minutes without letting it catch and burn, which just means giving it a stir every now and again. It should be very soft and almost beginning to caramelize. Add garlic and sauté for 2-3 mins.
  4. Tip in chopped tomatoes and continue cooking over a gentle heat, simmering for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Add vodka mixture. Cook over high heat until vodka is nearly evaporated. Simmer 5 minutes. Add cream, basil and Parmesan; heat through. Toss with hot pasta in a serving bowl. Makes 4 servings.


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