Vodka Sauce is hands down one of the best homemade pasta sauces in my book. Just simple ingredients (tomato, cream and vodka) that magically and deliciously come together. This easy version was whipped up by my daughter, Emma Kingsley, and it’s fabulous!
3 Tbs. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, more to taste
6 oz. can double-concentrate tomato paste
14 1/2 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
2 oz. vodka
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. penne or rigatoni
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil.
Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until onion is softened.
Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes. Stir in whole tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, then cook, stirring often and crushing the whole tomatoes roughly with a spoon, until sauce has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup cream. Transfer sauce to a blender, and blend until very smooth (or use an immersion blender). Return the sauce to the pot and stir in the vodka and season with salt and pepper.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir well. Cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain well and serve with the sauce and grated Parmesan.
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