how to make vodka sauce without vodka

How to Make Vodka Sauce Without Vodka

While vodka sauce is a delicious and popular choice⁢ for ⁤pasta​ dishes, you may not always have vodka on hand or prefer not to use it in your cooking. Fortunately, it’s‌ still possible to achieve that‌ exquisite flavor without vodka. Here’s a recipe for making a vodka sauce without vodka:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4⁣ cloves garlic, ​minced
  • 1 small⁣ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1⁣ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup ⁢heavy⁤ cream
  • Salt and black pepper ⁢ to‍ taste


  1. Heat olive oil‍ in a large ‍saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add minced garlic and chopped onion to the saucepan. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent​ and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Pour in ‌the crushed ‌tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, and ⁣red ⁢pepper flakes (if desired). Stir well‍ to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Reduce the heat ⁢to low ​and‍ let the sauce simmer for about ⁣20 minutes,⁢ allowing ​the flavors ​to meld together.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat ​and let it cool ⁣slightly.
  6. Transfer the sauce ⁢to a blender (or use‌ an‍ immersion blender directly in the saucepan) and blend until smooth. Be ⁤cautious when blending hot⁣ liquids to prevent accidents.
  7. Pour the​ sauce back into the saucepan‌ and return it⁣ to low heat.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream‌ and season with salt and black pepper to ⁣taste.
  9. Simmer​ the sauce⁣ for an additional 5-10⁢ minutes,⁣ stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  10. Remove from heat ⁤and ⁢your vodka sauce without vodka is ready to ​be ​enjoyed!

This vodka sauce alternative still brings in rich⁤ and creamy flavors without ⁤the use of vodka. It pairs wonderfully with​ pasta of your choice,⁤ such as penne or⁤ rigatoni, and ‍is perfect for a ⁤cozy night in ‍or⁤ when you’re looking to impress your guests with⁣ a scrumptious meal.

While vodka sauce without vodka may not be the traditional recipe, it offers a great alternative and⁢ accommodates‍ those who⁤ prefer to ⁣skip the alcohol. Give this ⁣recipe a⁣ try and enjoy a ‌delightful pasta dish!

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