This is a great and simple sauce to make. Tastes delicious over any pasta! I especially love it with lobster ravioli.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion in butter until slightly brown and soft. Pour in vodka and let cook for 10 minutes. Mix in crushed tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and cook for another 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 13.9g 5% DV; fat 27.3g 42% DV; cholesterol 89.6mg 30% DV; sodium 291mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2003
Just like the Italian Restaurants in New York City. I added 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, and 1 tablespoon dried basil for perfection. My family begs for it all the time!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
Good base but very bland. Read More
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756 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 33
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2003
Just like the Italian Restaurants in New York City. I added 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, and 1 tablespoon dried basil for perfection. My family begs for it all the time!!! Read More
(583)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Oh dang... I just about ate this whole pot by myself. Wonderful sauce!! I did have to add about a tablespoon of sugar to counteract the tartness from the tomatoes, and like antoher reviewer added a bit of oregano, parsley and basil to set it just right. Definitely worth the calories. Good Recipe. Read More
(340)
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2003
I have been searching far and wide for a GREAT vodka sauce and this one is it! Only thing is that I made a mistake when making it! I only added ONE can of crushed tomatoes instead of two and it came out creamy and awesome! I also added chopped pancetta or proscuitto when I was browning the onions - this one is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
Wow! Great sauce! I cut the recipe in half and sauteed three cloves of minced garlic along with the onion in the butter then added 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes along with the vodka. After adding the crushed tomatoes I added 1 Tbsp. of basil, 1/4 tsp. of oregano, 1 tsp. of parsley, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of sugar. I used a good vodka and light cream. I also added 1/2 cup of grated parmesan to make it extra creamy. We grilled some chorizo sausage and sliced that up over some penne pasta - poured the sauce over top. Great with a side of garlic bread! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2011
Please resist the urge to customize. Except for perhaps reducing the amount of fat (butter) or adding salt (depending on the amount of sodium in your canned tomatoes), this recipe is all about the gloriously subtle richness of tomatoes, onion, vodka, and cream. While all those sauces with added herbs are surely lovely, they aren't this sauce in its purist form. Give it a try, and take pleasure in less being more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2004
This is a wonderful recipe. I have made several times. I make a few small changes... I saute onions and garlic in olive oil instead of butter and I also add salt,pepper, oregano, parsley, and basil after adding the crushed tomatoes, which give a wonderful flavor. Last night I used this sauce over stuffed cabbage and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2007
With the addition of about 1 1/2tsp of sea salt this is fantastic. I pureed about 2/3 of the sauce after cooking it. This helped thicken it up a little and smoothed out the flavors. After pureeing it I just added it back into the remainder of the chunky portion. Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2007
This sauce is to die for! It has a gorgeous color and texture--looks very fancy but with minimum work! I added some garlic powder rosemary fresh basil oregano and sea salt along with the tomatoes. After I added the cream I added sliced fresh mushrooms and mussels shrimp and calamari rings along with a touch of cayenne pepper to add just a hint of heat. Next time I would use fresh garlic and add it to the onions. I also would use a bit less butter or substitute olive oil instead. I would also add either the mushrooms OR the seafood but not both. Although this takes a bit of time it really is quite easy and well-worth it! I served it over angel-hair pasta with warm bread. This one is a keeper! Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
A wonderful change from a traditional sauce. This freezes very well. Now a standard in my home. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
Good base but very bland. Read More
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