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Close side angle of the sauce and pasta in a white bowl. Garnished with basil and parmesan cheese.
Homemade Vodka Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Homemade Vodka Sauce is full of flavor and easy to make. It's creamy, delicious, and restaurant quality. And it can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, quick pasta dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 363 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 5 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup (120ml) vodka
  • 1 (28oz) (793g) can crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup (175ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup (60g) grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound cooked pasta for serving
  • fresh basil, thinly sliced for serving
  1. Cook bacon and onion over medium heat in a large pot until bacon is crispy and onions are soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  2. Add the vodka and tomatoes and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cream and parmesan cheese. Heat through. Serve over cooked pasta and garnish with fresh basil.

Recipe Notes
  1. MAKE AHEAD: The sauce can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove, stirring occasionally.
  2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Once cooled spoon into a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely then reheat on the stove, stirring occasionally.
  3. SERVING SUGGESTION:                                                                                                    A simple side salad
    Crusty bread
    Any steamed vegetable
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vodka Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 333mg14%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.