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Easy Vodka Sauce and Pasta

Niky @ The House on Silverado
This easy Vodka Sauce and Pasta will help you get a delcious, family-friendly dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper can use less if serving children
  • cup vodka
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes San Marzano are best
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • fresh basil leaves


  • Fill a large pot of water, with 2 tsp of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions (until al dente). Drain.
  • Chop the garlic and grate the Parmesan. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until it shimmers. Add the chopped garlic and red pepper. Cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds.
  • Slowly pour in the vodka and cook until it is nearly evaporated, being careful to keep the vodka bottle away from the flame.
  • Add the canned tomatoes and bring to a simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with a spatuala. Lower heat to medium and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cream and grated Parmesan and simmer 3-5 minutes longer. Season with extra salt to taste.
  • Add the cooked and drained pasta and stir to coat with the sauce.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the basil and top with extra Parmesan.
Keyword pasta
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