Best Vodka Sauce


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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 quarts


  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ½ cup vodka (such as Ciroc®)

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar tomato sauce

  • 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat a large saucepan over high heat until the surface is very hot; add minced garlic and sear until brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour vodka into the saucepan, taking care to avoid any flames that ignite from the alcohol meeting the hot surface of the pan. Quickly pour cream into pan to douse the flames and stir; add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and rest sauce long enough to let herbs flavor the sauce, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I have occasionally added sauteed shrimp or chicken for an complete meal when not using as a side dish. Just toss 1 pound shrimp or bite-size chicken breast chunks with garlic and butter in a separate pan until cooked. Add to sauce just before serving.

You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil or parsley for the tablespoon of fresh basil or parsley.

Diced tomatoes can be used in place of crushed.

Since this recipe has a high yield, you can freeze the leftovers for quick meals on another day!

Editor's Note:

Adding alcohol to a hot pan can cause spontaneous combustion. Only experienced cooks should use this technique.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

153 Calories
12g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 276mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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