Creamy vodka sauce is an easy dinner recipe to make with the perfect combination of tomatoes, spices, vodka, cream and parmesan.
Course: Dinner, sauces
Cuisine: American, Italian
1lbsausagelinks or ground (optional)
100mlvodkaabout ½ cup
14.5ozdiced tomatoesno salt added, see notes
1tspbasildried, or 2 tsp fresh basil
⅓cupheavy creamcan use half and half
½cupparmesan cheeseloosely packed - see notes
If you are adding sausage, cook the sausage and set aside.
Heat your sauce pan over medium heat (see notes.) Add olive oil and onions to your sauce pan. Cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add in the minced garlic and cook about 2 minutes stirring frequently.
Carefully pour in the vodka and stir. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
Add in the diced tomatoes, sauce, basil, salt and cooked sausage. Stir well and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Pour in the cream and cook for about 2 minutes before adding the parmesan cheese. After adding the cheese, cook for 1 minute before removing from heat to serve.
Serving size is estimated and so are the nutritional facts. For the salt, we use unsalted tomatoes and sauce. If you are using regular tomatoes, you might need to adjust your salt a bit. For the vodka, we don't recommend going with the cheapest but you don't need to get expensive either. We used Svedka. It is measured in ml here as that is often how it is sold in the stores.We highly recommend fresh grated or shredded parmesan cheese. It should be loosely put into the measuring cup. Spoon it into the cup and do not pack it down. You can use half and half instead of heavy cream if needed.For heating your pan, the time depends on your stove and the pan you are using. Electric stoves can take 5 minutes where a gas stove can take 1. If it is not properly heated no worries, you will just want to cook the onions an extra minute or 2. You want them to start to get translucent.