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Recipe || Pasta Alla Vodka

I’m sure I should be giving credit for variations of this recipe to a million different bloggers and cooks, but to be honest, I’ve been making it for so long I know longer remember where I first read about it at.

When I first started my MA course in England, this was one of the first dishes that I made in the home I shared with 4 other girls. I was the American in the house and we were all strangers who had chosen to room together because of facebook likes and emails through school servers. It could have been a recipe for disaster and in some ways it was- 3 of us moved out as soon as our lease would allow! But 2 of the girls remain my closest girlfriends here in England. This dish is a huge hit with them and Sam. Although he always asks me to double the recipe.

Pasta Alla Vodka
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Creamy, mellow and delicious!

1 lb of pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
3/4 cup vodka
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
parmesan cheese, if desired
chopped parsley, if desired

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and start cooking your pasta. While you pasta cooks, begin to make your sauce.

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Cooking the onions.

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until soft and golden brown (about 5 minutes). Then add your garlic and tomato paste, stirring to combine and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes.

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Tomato paste.

Stir in your diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, sugar and salt. Add in the vodka and raise the temperature slightly. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the alcohol flavour has cooked off and the sauce has reduced a little bit.

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Spicing the sauce.

Reduce your heat to low and stir in the heavy cream. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Loads of chopped parsley!

Once your pasta is done, gently fold it into the sauce. (Save a bit of the pasta water to loosen the sauce in case it is too thick once you add in the strained penne.) Serve topped with fresh parmesan and chopped parsley. I like to top mine with a few additional red pepper flakes as well!

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Can I have this again right now please?

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  • Cannot wait to try!

    • Thank you! Let me know how it turns out! xx

  • This looks fantastic! I am a huge pasta fan, and love trying different suaces. There is such a difference in taste when you make your own! Yum!

    Molly xo

    • Thank you! I am a huge pasta fan too and this is one of my favorites! xx

  • This looks gorgeous, I love pasta but I’ve run out of creative things to do with it. Going to give this a try 🙂

    • Ah great! Thank you! Let me know how it turns out if you try it! xx

  • Oh YUM! I am going to have to try this; I’ve never made a vodka sauce myself but it is one of my favorite things to order in restaurants!

  • Vivienne Z

    This looks appetizing! I’ve never heard of vodka sauce. Wine, yes, but vodka? I really want to taste it to know what it’s like. Does one need to like vodka to like this dish?

    • Not at all- you cook the alcohol in the vodka out! It just helps to mellow out and enrich the flavour, similar to a wine sauce but more well suited to pasta! xx

  • Karly Kim

    You had me at vodka.

  • allison

    penne ella vodka is my favorite thing to eat at italian restaurants! I’d never seen a recipe until now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Can’t believe I almost missed this.

    This looks freaken delicious.

    Remind me to try this after my move! Right now, I’m trying to eat everything in my pantry.

  • Haley

    Oh you know I’m all over that one. I just have to buy! I think I have everything else in the cupboards and fridge. Oh, bless your heart Amanda for keeping it real in the kitchen for me.. I made your Mongolian Beef again the other day. Love you recipes.