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Vodka Pasta Sauce recipe

Vodka Pasta Sauce recipe

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A delicious creamy tomato pasta sauce infused with vodka. Nice enough for a dinner party, but still easy to make!

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 110g butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 225ml vodka
  • 1.5kg passata
  • 475ml double cream

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:1hr ›Ready in:1hr20min

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, saute onion in butter until slightly brown and soft. Pour in vodka and let cook for 10 minutes. Mix in passata and cook for 30 minutes. Pour in double cream and cook for another 30 minutes.

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by DEED330

Just like the Italian Restaurants in New York City. I added 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, and 1 tablespoon dried basil for perfection. My family begs for it all the time!!!-31 Jul 2002

by JOSIE

Oh dang... I just about ate this whole pot by myself. Wonderful sauce!! I did have to add about a tablespoon of sugar to counteract the tartness from the tomatoes, and like antoher reviewer added a bit of oregano, parsley and basil to set it just right. Definitely worth the calories. Good Recipe.-10 Nov 2002

by MNKENNEY

I have been searching far and wide for a GREAT vodka sauce and this one is it! Only thing is that I made a mistake when making it! I only added ONE can of crushed tomatoes instead of two and it came out creamy and awesome! I also added chopped pancetta or proscuitto when I was browning the onions - this one is a keeper!-01 Dec 2002


Make Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta Recipe Tonight

Credit: Instagram / @gigihadid

UPDATE: You all are loving Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta recipe. And yes, the model has since confirmed she is pregnant with her first child.

ORIGINAL STORY: In a thinly-veiled attempt to deflect from the surprising news she is pregnant with her first child, Gigi Hadid posted an Instagram Story of herself cooking Spicy Vodka Pasta.

Hadid’s first Instagram Story in today’s series, however, has a caption explaining that the 25-year-old model doesn’t have any vodka so she’ll go without. Is this a possible clue that perhaps she is indeed pregnant and unable to drink alcohol? Or have the Hadids actually just run out of the good stuff? (There also seems to be a lot of trading ingredients. Either the Hadids have not been grocery shopping in weeks or the model is suffering from strange food cravings.)

(Another side note: Hadid’s father Mohamed was asked straight out about his daughter’s pregnancy news and he didn’t seem to know a thing about it. You can read about that here. At this link, you’ll also find another little conspiracy pocket where eagled-eyed fans have noticed Hadid’s 25 th birthday balloons at the weekend had both blue and pink strings, making some people believe the celebration could have doubled as a gender reveal party.)

But back to the recipe because I would actually like to make this Spicy Vodka Pasta tonight – with vodka. I’ve edited Hadid’s instructions and method below and included her video. I would also add more than 1 tablespoon of vodka. Times are tough.

GIGI HADID’S SPICY VODKA PASTA

Ingredients:

1 small clove of garlic, diced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

225 grams of shells pasta

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook until soft. Add tomato paste and cook until it appears “darker [in colour] / a bit caramelised”, says Hadid.

Add in the heavy cream. Add in the vodka and cook through until evaporated.

Add in the red pepper flakes. [There is a special note from the chef here to add in more flakes if you like your pasta extra spicy].

Keep stirring until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Remove sauce from the heat.

Cook pasta separately. The chef uses shells but Orecchiette would also work well. When the pasta is done, save ¼ of the pasta water before draining.

Add in the butter. Stir over a medium heat til the butter has melted and the sauce is “sauccyyyy”, says Hadid.

Add pasta – and the pasta water – to the sauce. Add parmesan cheese and stir. Add more salt and pepper to taste.


This vodka sauce recipe is your key to perfect pasta

It wouldn't be Ultimate Pasta Week without a classic vodka sauce recipe.

"Good Morning America" tapped Dan "Grossy" Pelosi for his take on the creamy tomato sauce with rigatoni.

Grossy Pelosi's Vodka "Sawce"

Ingredients

Red pepper flakes (optional)

6 tablespoons tomato paste

1-pint (two cups) heavy cream*

1 pound rigatoni or other pasta

Grated Parmesan or pecorino

Over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter, red pepper flakes (optional) and 8 tablespoons olive oil together in a saucepan. Add grated garlic and 6 tablespoons tomato paste. Whisk until fragrant.

At the same time, boil pasta in salty water.

Whisk 2 cups heavy cream into sauce for 5-6 minutes until darkened. Add 6 tablespoons vodka and whisk another 5-6 minutes, until alcohol is cooked out.

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add ½ cup pasta water to the sawce and whisk until inappropriately thick, adding more pasta water to loosen if necessary. Sauce may take up to 20 minutes to get thick enough and it is absolutely worth the wait.

Add pasta to sauce and stir until coated and glossy. Serve with grated parmesan or pecorino.

Vodka sawce is not the easiest to reheat, so if you are planning to eat less than a full pound of pasta and sauce (IDK who you are but okay), halve the recipe or make the full sawce recipe, put half of the sawce in a container, and only cook a ½ lb of pasta. When you're ready for your next meal, reheat the leftover sauce in a pan and add freshly cooked pasta for your second meal.

If you want to add meat or fish to your pasta, I recommend cooking the meat or fish separately and serving it alongside or on top of the pasta. Do not cook the meat into the sauce.

If you want to add vegetables to your pasta, I recommend cooking vegetables separately and serving it alongside or on top of the pasta. Do not cook the vegetables into the sauce.

Cashew cream or coconut milk are great substitutions for the heavy cream.

If you want to make this sawce without vodka, I do not have a recommendation for you. We are making VODKA sawce honey!

Recipe reprinted courtesy of Dan Pelosi from his website Grossy Pelosi.


Vodka Sauce

This has been on my dinner table almost every day this week.

It’s creamy. It’s bright. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s seriously got EVERYTHING you need – pasta, vodka, butter and fresh Parm. Do we need anything else?

I think not. And if you need some protein in this, you can throw in leftover rotisserie chicken and let that saucy goodness soak right in.

I personally love the shape of the radiatore pasta because it catches so much of the sauce but you can also sub in penne, rotini, or rigatoni!


Luxurious Pasta With Vodka Cream Sauce

If you want mid week rave reviews on a dinner served or if you just want to wow your guests with something special, this is the dish for you! Serve them this luxurious pasta with vodka cream sauce.

This sauce tastes like you spent hours cooking it on the stove, but you really didn’t. It has a deep, rich flavor with a silky and luxurious texture that coats the pasta inside and out in every groove.

Speaking of pasta I recommend using mezzi rigatoni, it’s the shorter version of traditional rigatoni, go for the one with the ridges.

Don’t get me wrong you can use other shapes, I’ve made it with penne pasta before, but my heart belongs to mezzi!

Get yourself a bottle of vodka that has a nice smooth character to it, you don’t want to use anything too harsh. Right now I’m enjoying Trader Joe’s TX vodka it’s 6 times distilled and it really pairs well with this sauce. (not sponsored).

Have your ingredients ready to go and your salted water boiling and you’re on your way to a fantastic meal!

Onions and garlic are the foundation to this sauce but the star of the show is tubed tomato paste!

Triple concentrated tomato paste to be exact, this is the game changer to this recipe! No more cans of tomatoes, no more doctoring up a marinara sauce with cream, no chopped tomatoes added, nothing!

Triple concentrated tomato paste is the secret ingredient!

Let the tomato paste cook down a bit, then you’ll deglaze it with the vodka. Now is the time to start cooking your pasta.

You’ll be adding pasta water and heavy cream together stirring and stirring until it reaches a vibrant pink color.

Now add in your pasta (al dente) and incorporate all that sauce with the pasta really well.

Shut the burner off and sprinkle in the cheese and toss gently.

Now get a big scoop so you can fill your plate!

Add more cheese of course and a sprinkling of parsley, after you take one bite you’ll know exactly what I mean. This sauce is to die for!

You’ll want to make it often and the best part is that it comes together so quickly, so make sure you have a full bottle of vodka and tubes of tomato paste on hand.

If you want to go all out and show off a little, you can sear up a few scallops to have on the side, but honestly a little green salad would be perfect!


Pasta With Vodka Sauce

Whip up this family favorite featuring heavy cream, tomato paste, and yes, a touch of vodka (the alcohol cooks off!) in just 15 minutes. This is also delicious as penne alla vodka, if you prefer penne over rigatoni.

large cloves garlic, finely chopped

Pinch of red pepper flakes

finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

  1. Cook rigatoni per package directions.
  2. Heat olive oil, garlic, and shallots in a Dutch oven on medium. Cook, stirring, until tender, 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring until deep red and beginning to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in vodka cook until nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Scoop 1/2 cup pasta cooking water into a measuring cup (even if pasta is not done), then add heavy cream. Add to Dutch oven along with red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring until smooth.
  4. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then transfer cooked pasta to Dutch oven. Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water cook on low, stirring constantly, until pasta is coated, adding more liquid as needed. Fold in 1/4 cup Parmesan. Serve topped with additional Parmesan and basil.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 620 cal, 26.5 g fat (13.5 g sat), 18 g pro, 375 mg sodium, 79 g carb, 5 g fiber


All About Vodka Sauce

I LOVE vodka sauce, but a lot of people don’t know what it is, so I’m here to the rescue! Here’s some facts about this delicious sauce:

What is vodka sauce?

Vodka sauce, also traditionally known as Penne alla Vodka, is a creamy Italian pasta sauce with vodka, tomatoes, garlic, and cheese. It’s a great sauce for pastas that have holes, like penne or rigatoni.

What does vodka do in vodka sauce?

Vodka adds depth to the sauce – it’s doesn’t add it’s own taste, but it does enhance the flavor of other ingredients. It’s a great addition to bring out flavors of garlic, cheese, and tomato in a sauce.

Can you get drunk off vodka sauce?

Nope! When you add vodka to the sauce, the alcohol cooks off, so you don’t have to worry about getting intoxicated from this dish.

Can you add protein to vodka sauce?

Yep! Grilled chicken is an excellent addition to penne alla vodka. Some other great options would also be braised short ribs or sautéed shrimp.

About the Recipe

This recipe is super easy. You’ll start by boiling a large pot of salted water. Cook pasta to package directions, and make sure you save a mug full of pasta water before you drain the pasta!

While the water is boiling, heat butter in a large skillet. I recommend one like this – you can get it on Amazon!

Sauté garlic for one minute, then add salt, pepper, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. You’ll let simmer for a few minutes, then add vodka, pasta water, and heavy cream, and let simmer again.

Finally, you’ll fold in the cheese, add the pasta, and stir to combine! The final result is a silky, cheesy, delicious pasta that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Other Pasta Recipe Ideas

Pasta is my favorite! So if you’re like me, check out more delicious pasta recipes below:

Easy 15 Minute Garlic Lemon Pantry Pasta – This is one of my go-to recipes! I love a good pantry meal, and this one is GOOD.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta – This pasta recipe is basically fancy Mac and cheese. And who doesn’t love Mac and cheese?! It’s simple and delicious.

Easy Mushroom Pasta – I am a huge fan of this recipe – it’s just so easy and so dang good. This is a great meal prep option, or one to just eat from the pan. I don’t judge!


Pasta Loves Vodka: 9 Variations on a Classic Pairing

Pasta alla vodka is a classically delicious dish, and it only takes a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry or fridge. These are some of our favorite versions of pasta with vodka sauce, including a vegan pasta alla vodka that happens to be great for omnivores who are all out of heavy cream.

A sauce of canned tomatoes tempered with cream is a no brainer for pasta of any shape. This recipe, however, which became popular in the 1960s, adds a healthy slug of vodka to the mix. The alcohol doesn’t survive the deglazing and cooking, so don’t worry—your kids (and you) won’t feel tipsy. But it does add some of the richness and complexity that any spirit (brandy, for instance) brings to many dishes.

These cozy, comforting pastas with vodka sauce are pantry-friendly and perfect for celebrating an ideal marriage of pasta ingredients.

Bialetti Pasta Pot with Strainer Lid, $34.99 on Amazon

No matter what kind of pasta you make, a pot with a built-in strainer makes draining it easy.

1. Seared Scallops with Lemon and Vodka

Deglazing the pan you sautéed scallops in with vodka is a bold and beautiful way to get maximum flavor. Lemon, cream, and a whole lot of tarragon finish a delicate dish that’s delicious as is or tossed with pasta. Get our Seared Scallops with Lemon and Vodka recipe.

2. Linguine with Clams and Chorizo

For a fun twist that’s not quite as costly as steak and scampi, pair spicy Mexican chorizo and clams, serve it tossed with pasta, and consider it surf ’n’ turf for the weeknight schedule. The vodka adds warmth and character. Get our Linguine with Clams and Chorizo recipe.


No, actually it doesn’t. What the vodka does is enhance the flavor of the tomato and adds a sharp peppery, herbal note that helps balance the sweetness of the cream and tomatoes.

This Pasta with Vodka Sauce is a great meal to feed a crowd.

All you need to do is add some fresh basil, freshly grated parmesan cheese and you are good to serve. Enjoy!

This is fantastic with garlic bread, but you can also look at these ideas for a dinner tonight!


Grossy's Vodka Sawce

The process of making vodka sawce is one of the most visually exciting experiences I've had with cooking. I've been making a recipe that my talented friend Chris shared with me a long time ago, and it’s completely flawless. It's been the most popular of all my pasta sauce recipes, and for good reason. Not only is it inappropriately thick (same) and illegally glossy (also same), but it tastes how comfort feels. Call an ambulance honey, just in case you can’t handle it!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

8 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

3 garlic cloves, grated

Red pepper flakes (optional)

6 tablespoons tomato paste

1-pint (two cups) heavy cream*

6 tablespoons vodka**

1 lb. rigatoni or other pasta

grated parmesan or pecorino

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

Over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter, red pepper flakes (optional) and 8 tablespoons olive oil together in a saucepan. Add grated garlic and 6 tablespoons tomato paste. Whisk until fragrant.

At the same time, boil pasta in salty water.

Whisk 2 cups heavy cream into sauce for 5-6 minutes until darkened. Add 6 tablespoons vodka and whisk another 5-6 minutes, until alcohol is cooked out.

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add ½ cup pasta water to the sawce and whisk until inappropriately thick, adding more pasta water to loosen if necessary. Sauce may take up to 20 minutes to get thick enough, and it is absolutely worth the wait.

Add pasta to sauce and stir until coated and glossy.

Serve with grated parmesan or pecorino.

Vodka sawce is not the easiest to reheat, so, two things:

Save that other ½ cup pasta water for leftover reheating. When the time comes, put your leftover sauced pasta in a pan, add a little pasta water and bring it back to life over heat. The pasta water will bring it all back together because it will separate!

If you are planning to eat less than a full pound of pasta and sauce (IDK who you are but okay), halve the recipe or make the full sawce recipe, put half of the sawce in a container, and only cook a ½ lb of pasta. When you're ready for your next meal, reheat the leftover sauce in a pan with a little pasta water and add freshly cooked pasta for your second meal.

If you want to add meat or fish to your pasta, I recommend cooking the meat or fish separately and serving it alongside or on top of the pasta. Do not cook the meat into the sauce.

If you want to add vegetables to your pasta, I recommend cooking vegetables separately and serving it alongside or on top of the pasta. Do not cook the vegetables into the sauce.

*Cashew cream or coconut milk are great substitutions for the heavy cream.

**If you want to make this sawce without vodka, I do not have a recommendation for you. We are making VODKA sawce honey!


Gigi Hadid’s Homemade Vodka Sauce Recipe Looks Tasty AF

While stuck at home, many of us have found ourselves in the kitchen for the first time, trying to figure out how anyone cooks dinner every single night. (Seriously…How?) Planning a menu for even just one singular meal can feel like a strangely difficult task, but Gigi Hadid’s vodka sauce recipe is here to save all of our asses. Yes, the model has blessed us all with a homemade pasta with vodka sauce recipe that will have you drooling the moment you see it. It’s creamy, decadent and the perfect go-to dinner recipe for nights you want something delicious that only uses one pan. Hadid posted step-by-step instructions on her Instagram stories, we have cemented here for your perusal. You. Are. Welcome.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention one striking clue inside this recipe Instagram story, though: the fact that Gigi Hadid didn’t include vodka in her vodka sauce. Rumors have been flying about a potential pregnancy in the Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik household as of late. Gigi Hadid’s mom, Yolanda Hadid might have actually confirmed the pregnancy while talking to Harper’s BAZAAR—although Gigi has yet to confirm or deny anything herself. Even so, the lack of alcohol in this dish seems suspect, so don’t be surprised if this was meant to be a tiny reveal. Celebrities can be sneaky like that.

Below, we’ve included all the steps you need to make this seriously tantalizing pasta dish for dinner tonight. You can make it as spicy as you want—and actually use vodka, unlike Hadid—so go forth and whip up a tasty treat. It might just become your new go-to recipe.