Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Best Vodka Sauce

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Today’s recipe hails from a fun recipe swap hosted by Hungry Little Girl blogger, Jutta and I gotta say it was a good time. I was assigned someone else’s website to stalk. Sanctioned stalking, I like it!

I received the url for my recipe swap partner’s site and off I was cruising Bernadette’s Rants From My Crazy Kitchen. I grew envious immediately!  She’s got tons of followers and actually started publishing her recipes and rants on Facebook, which I think is so interesting because I have anxieties at the thought of creating a Chefinista Facebook page. So I got some great blogging inspiration on the side with my Vodka Sauce.

After some envious cruising I chose the Vodka Sauce recipe because it has a great balance of healthier ingredients along with the right dose of decadent ones. I also knew my husband would love it.

It’s also so easy. Prep and saute some onion and garlic, add your tomatoes and vodka and let simmer. Then add that decadent-ness I mentioned….

Best Vodka Sauce Recipe

It is deeelicious!

Pasta and Shrimp with Vodka Sauce

I was a little short on the Parmesan but it was rich and thick as it was. Bernadette also suggested using heavy cream rather than light and increasing to two cups. I decided on heavy cream but found the 1 1/2 cups to be enough. I served it over wheat penne with broccoli and had some spiced, steamed shrimp on hand. Over the next few days I saw my husband dousing everything from eggs to baked potatoes with the leftover sauce. It’s some good litmengob!

Pasta with Vodka Sauce



1 29 ounce can tomato puree
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 of a small can of tomato paste
1 1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped basil
1 cup vodka
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups light cream


- In a large pot saute onions in butter and olive oil until just beginning to soften, add garlic and cook one more minute
- Add in the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar and vodka, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 45 minutes
- After 45 minutes, stir in the herbs and cheese and continue to stir until cheese is melted. Stir in the cream.

- Spoon over anything!






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8 Responses to “The Best Vodka Sauce”

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    Bernadette — June 20, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Thank you for the awesome review! You reminded me that I never did post a photo of it, so I’ll be making it again soon to get a picture 🙂
    Yes, I highly recommend starting a Facebook page. Most of my views come from Facebook, just know that there are “tricks” to getting more people to see your posts. If you decide to start one, let me know and I’ll follow you!

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    JJ — June 20, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    I have wanted to make Vodka sauce, and just haven’t gotten to it! I will do it!

    • chefinista replied: — June 20th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

      You won’t regret it JJ!

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    Jutta@HungryLittleGirl — June 20, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I have never made Vodka sauce myself. Actually i have never even had Vodka sauce. I need to try this recipe asap!

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    Jess — June 20, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Yum! I love vodka sauce. I have never had it before a few months ago. My newest obsession is topping it with some humbolt fog cheese. Thank you for sharing.

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    Anyonita — June 20, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    It can be so difficult to find a good vodka sauce! I’m still searching, but will try this one 🙂 Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

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    CJ Huang — June 24, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    I’ve never made a vodka sauce, and yours looks so good! There’s a first time for everything, right? 🙂

    • chefinista replied: — June 24th, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

      CJ, you must try it! So delicious and goes so far for the effort… and a total crowd pleaser : )

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