Get ready for this Pasta alla Vodka - the creamiest tomato based cream sauce slathered all over your favorite pasta with cheese on top... what more could you ask for?
I'm guessing everyone has their favorite Italian restaurant where you can order massive plates of food that are oozing with cheese and loaded various sauces and you walk out with enough leftovers for 3 days, right? Well this cheesy pasta alla vodka is restaurant quality in your own home! Al dente pasta tossed in a perfectly delicious tomato, vodka and cream sauce - we're doing it!
If you've never had Vodka sauce before - YES there is vodka in it. And NO it will not get you drunk.... aka you're safe to serve this to kids!! It's really just an incredible addition to a creamy tomato sauce to give it a bit of zip. I've loaded mine up with extra cheese to make it the ultimate comfort food! Snuggle up with a bowl of this and call it a night!
Want some more comforting pasta recipes:
- Penne with 5 Cheeses
- Cheesy Baked Gnocchi
- Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese
- Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Cheesy Kale Pasta
- Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta
- Chicken Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce
Cheesy Pasta alla Vodka
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup vodka
- 12 ounces favorite pasta shape
- ⅔ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- grated Parmigiano-Reggiano to taste
- Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute more. Add the entire can of crushed tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
- In 1 batches, transfer the sauce to a blender and add the cream and vodka. Remove the center knob on the lid (to allow steam to escape) and place a towel over the lid to prevent splattering. Slowly (starting on the lowest setting and increasing every few seconds), blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Return to the saucepan and bring just to a boil over high heat to cook off the vodka. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, then add the pasta to the sauce with the shredded mozzarella. Stir to combine, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, adding some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to thin it out. (you might not need any of the reserved pasta water if you don't need to thin the sauce FYI). Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve immediately, topped with as much freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top as you want.
I love this dish so much. I have made it so many times this year as it is quick and easy and SO tasty. It is a crowd pleaser too so I often make it (as I am doing tonight) when we have people over. Thanks Gaby!!
Hi - me again…just read some of the responses -what I am wondering is if I can make the entire dish with the pasta and mozzarella cheese and freeze it? I know I could freeze just the sauce. My grandson Luka loves Vodka sauce…he will be visiting next week from Brooklyn. I wanted to cook in advance.
yes I dont see why it wouldn't freeze with pasta and cheese~
Hi Gaby, was wondering if this recipe will freeze well. What do you think?
I made this tonight for my son who lived in Italy and will not eat Italian here (and we live in NYC) and my husband who only eats bolognese. I used Italian pasta, San marzano tomatoes and cheese from Italy. They devoured it. My husband says it’s the best vodka sauce he’s ever had and my so said “this is fire.” So this will be a regular in my house. It is so easy. Why didn’t I double the recipe so I could freeze half? Thanks so much from a very particular house.
Can you use dried Italian herbs instead of oregano?
Can the sauce be frozen?
it sure can!
Oh my goodness. Just sitting down with this recipe. We are in love!
Is the blender step absolutely necessary? Could you just add cream and vodka to sauce and keep it in back of stove, slow and low?
totally allowed to skip
Flavorful, easy. What's not to love? Yum!!
this looks amazing! I have friends coming for Christmas and they are gluten and dairy free. I'm set on making my own past and I'm curious if you could recommend a dairy-free cream alternative. I'm stumped. Thanks!
I havent done any experimenting with DF products!
This was my first attempt at a vodka sauce and it was so good. It actually came out looking exactly like the picture! Next up the chocolate chip cheesecake bars!
I'm so excited to try this recipe this week. I don't think my blender can hold hot liquids. Can I wait until this is room temp and then blend and add in the cream and vodka once I put it back on the stove?
yes but COOK the vodka off!
Hi Gaby! I made this wonderful vodka sauce a few weeks ago ! Im dairy free though and was wondering if coconut milk or coconut cream would work instead of heavy cream?
I think that would affect the flavor a bit too much. I might be inclined to try an unsweetened unflavored almond milk creamer instead
This recipe was an absolute hit tonight. I never post reviews and her I am. Thank you!!!
I just made this tonight and it was excellent! I omitted the mozzarella cheese as I did not have it on hand and didn't want to venture out, but it was still delicious. Will definitely be making this again soon!