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Vodka Sauce
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Category: Spaghetti Sauce, Pasta, Italian-American
Servings: 6 - 8
Total time: 20 min
Level: Easy
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An authentic Italian recipe from our kitchen to yours. Buon Appetito!


- 3 medium plum tomatoes, cored and diced

- 1/2 medium onion, peeled and minced

- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

- 20 ounces tomato puree or tomato sauce

- 1/4 cup vodka

- 1/4 cup heavy cream

- 4 basil leaves

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

- Salt and pepper


1.  In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil, vodka, garlic and onion. Simmer and sauté the ingredients until the alcohol has almost evaporated from the pan and the onions begin to turn translucent.

2.  Add the diced tomatoes to the pan, lower the heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 5 - 8 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to break down.

3.  Once the tomatoes begin to break down, forming a light sauce, add the tomato puree, cream, basil leaves and Parmigiano to the pan. Stir well to incorporate all of the ingredients. The sauce should be a light pink or salmon color. When combined, bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.




4.  Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as desired.

5.  Remove the sauce from the heat and serve over your favorite pasta.


This version of the recipe makes a rustic sauce with visible pieces of tomato and basil. If you would like a smoother sauce, puree the sauce after cooking using a stick blender per the manufacturer's instructions.