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5 from 2 votes

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Vodka Sauce for Pasta! No need for hours of simmering, all you need is tomato paste, heavy cream and a quick sauté with onions and garlic then MAGIC happens in minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta with vodka sauce, vodka sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 763kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 16 oz rigatoni pasta or penne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4.5 oz tomato paste (See Note 1)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh basil to garnish
  • grated parmesan cheese optional


  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for 11 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, set aside and start the sauce.
  • Heat the oil over medium high heat in a skillet and sauté the onion for for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, kosher salt and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and stir, scraping up browned bits. Cook this for 5 more minutes. Deglaze the pan with the vodka, stirring constantly and then add the heavy cream. Stir until smooth and creamy. The sauce with be a bright orange. Season to taste.
  • Drain pasta, but do not rinse it. Put it back into the large pot with the reserved cup of pasta water and pour vodka sauce on top. Stir to coat and simmer for a few minutes, or until sauce thickens and is shiny and emulsified.
  • Serve immediately with basil leaves to garnish and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


  1. Look for the double concentrated tomato paste in a tube as opposed to the single version in the small cans.


Calories: 763kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 673mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1435IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2.5mg