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Vodka Sauce Recipe

Usually I cook with some kind of alcohol somewhere, it seems like a staple for our family. But this one really is much different using vodka instead of the Italian wines, and a good grade of vodka is a must. I like to use Absolute. This sauce is very heavy, and coats the pasta. I really love the flavor. It's not the usual tomato sauce, it's a little spicy, a little rich, but a nice alternative to Traditional Sunday Sauce. Every once in awhile we have to indulge. Thanks for stopping by, ciao Claudia










Vodka Sauce Recipe


1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup vodka
4 minced cloves garlic
1 can Italian crushed tomatoes
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Romano cheese
1 cup heavy cream
Optional: fresh basil two or three leaves I like it fresh on top of pasta

Pasta, prepared according to package directions
Melt butter over high heat until bubbly; add garlic and red pepper flakes. Rapidly add vodka and simmer for 2 minutes. Simmer tomatoes with the 2 cheeses for 2 minutes, then add cream; simmer for 1 minute. Prepare pasta Rigatoni, mix completely with the sauce, and serve immediately. A great addition would be to add sauteed chicken or cooked mushrooms to the sauce and hot peppers.

20 comments:

  1. Pasta in a vodka sauce is one of my favorties. Great job with this recipe.

    Cheers!

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  2. Rachel Ray won me over on vodka sauce with a recipe a long time ago, and I think I o.d-ed on it for a bit. Your recipe makes me want to bring it back again, finally!

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  3. How strange as it may sound, I never tried pasta with vodka sauce, and yes heavy it's ok once in a while! Looks like a very flavorful comforting meal!

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  4. I have yet to make a vodka sauce. you have inspired me!

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  5. Only you can arouse cravings of Vodka Sauce Penne at 8:15 am in the morning. Delicious!

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  6. Que Rico! I knew there must be some reason that vodka sauce is always so good at trattorias. Now I know-rich & delicious!

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  7. Vodka sauce is one of my favorites but you're right about it being only an occasional splurge. I would love to try your version!

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  8. love this sauce but have not make it in a while, will certainly try your version, sounds wonderful...are you back yet???

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  9. I love a rich and decadent sauce like this! Insanely delicious!

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  10. I love the pasta with vodka sauce. This looks so yummy to me!

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  11. Every time I'm in San Fransisco I go to this little Italian place by the Marina district and order their penne Romanov. Which is a great vodka sauce and it always makes me smile. So did this recipe.

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  12. Love this sauce - how about in a Huntress Pie? =)

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  13. I just love vodka sauce and I definitely need to make it more often. Perfect comfort food!

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  14. Looks like a great dish Claudia!

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  15. I love making this dish for company or for parties. It's always a huge hit for everyone!

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  16. I've purchased vodka sauce and loved it. I'd much rather make my own. You've inspired me to give it a try!

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  17. Very decadent indeed. I think this will be my next pasta dish!

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  18. Great recipe, always wanted to try a vodka sauce! Wonderful:)

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  19. One of my favorite sauces! I really should make it at home, but then I might end up indulging too often!

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