Originally posted January 06, 2012

vodka marinara sauce

vodka marinara sauce by joanie

What a simple, tasty, and interesting sauce. Right after I added the vodka, I tasted it and worried about the strong alcohol flavor. By the end of it, the flavors were more subtle and integrated. So good! And the cream mades the sauce turn a bright orange color, which is slightly alarming. Taste-wise, however, the cream gave the sauce a nice finish.

I recommend serving this sauce with meatballs:


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 gloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
4 servings


Heat olive oil over medium heat in a deep pot. Add the tomato sauce, garlic, and onion, cut sides down. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the butter and vodka, and simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the onion, and fish out the garlic if you can.

Add the heavy cream and mix well.

Combine with pasta, garnish, and serve immediately.

45 minutes



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Giada De Laurentiis
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