Pasta with vodka sauce

I got this recipe from my neighbor last year and thought it would be just the thing for dinner tonight.  It makes lots so we froze the leftovers.

Vodka sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion chopped
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained (preferably San Marzano)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • pasta of your choice (we had penne)
  • Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat oil over medium heat in an ovenproof pan (or Dutch oven).  Add onions and garlic and cook for 4 – 6 minutes.  Add red pepper flakes and oregano.  Add vodka and simmer for about 5 minutes or until reduced.  Crush tomatoes in with pan mixture.   Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Cover pan and place in oven for 1 1/2 hours.   Remove from oven and puree in a blender or food processor.  Return to pan and add half and half.  Simmer for 5  -10 minutes.  Serve over pasta of your choice with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

2 Responses to Pasta with vodka sauce

  1. Jane says:

    Vicki – I am looking forward to making this later in the week. It sounds delicious! Just confirming – 2 cans 15 ounce each or the larger ones.
    thanks, Jane

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