Photo: Oxmoor House
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Nothing coats pasta quite like whipping cream. Although the dish uses canned tomatoes and broth for convenience, it tastes fresh because of the basil stirred in at the end. For a nonalcoholic version of the pasta sauce, replace the vodka with additional chicken broth.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add vodka; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Place tomato mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Return tomato mixture to pan; stir in cream. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and basil. Serve immediately.

Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, None, 2013,Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!

Ratings & Reviews

ticlita's Review

June 28, 2014
I thought this was very good. It's nice when you don't think you have anything for dinner, because I almost always have these ingredients on hand. It is easy to make and tasty. I substitute apple juice for the vodka.

kayceescorner's Review

October 21, 2011
I finally made this! And it was delicious :] But I'm not really the best cook, lol. I did add a small twist though... I used Voli's lemon flavored vodka. It's suuuper low in calories and the lemon added that extra citrus zest to the sauce :]

MsCarol's Review

September 07, 2011
My family loves pasta vodka, bu the high fat content has always been a turn off. I use the light whipping cream here and find it works just as nicely, with even less fat. Delicious!

witkowskic's Review

May 26, 2011

KristinBaby's Review

June 17, 2010
This was delicious! I think it may even be better that Rachel Ray's recipe! Served it with a simple grilled chicken breast cutlet and salad. The only thing I did different: I used a hand-held immersion blender and left the sauce in the pot, instead of transferring to and from the blender. Much easier if you have that tool.

faithy's Review

March 25, 2010
DELICIOUS!! I doubled the recipe (except pasta, but made more than called for). I used Organic Fire Roasted canned tomatoes, totally yummy. I do think the fresh basil at the end makes a big difference. I am so excited to have a yummy vodka sauce recipe! Served with Michael Chiarello's Grilled Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Bread and salad. I did also have grilled chicken breast on hand as I was not sure if there would be enough and needed leftovers for lunch. Some at with chicken, some did not.

Lauren123's Review

March 24, 2010
Easy to make and fantastic! The sauce has some heat, which I loved.

Lucinda17's Review

March 07, 2009
This dish is awesome. I added mushrooms and 3/4 cup vodka to the sauce mixture. I added 1/2 cup of whipping cream instead of 1/4 cup. I also added chicken, bacon pieces and shredded parmesan. My husband and I love this dish.

MJRound's Review

January 22, 2009
I use Fire Roasted organic tomatoes and find they give the sauce a lift.

CMLucas's Review

January 07, 2009
Love this dish - it is a regular in our household. I double the recipe and use crushed tomatoes to eliminate the blending and use dried basil instead of fresh. I serve it with a salad and garlic bread.