Crazy Cooking Challenge–Red Sauce


I am soo thrilled to be a new member of the Crazy Cooking Challenge group.  I love that we search blogland, not the big  recipe websites, but little blogs like me, and share with others our successes with their recipes.  A great way to meet other food bloggers and find some great variations of the same challenge.
This month is Spaghetti with Red Sauce.

Being Italian, I do not try too many different recipes so that in itself was my first challenge!!  I do not cook too many meat sauces either so that eliminated a lot of choices.  Fortunately I found a wonderful Vodka Sauce recipe from that not only was delicious but makes more than enough to store extra in the freezer.

I actually halved this recipe and still had a quart sized ziploc filled for another meal. I cooked 1 1/2 pounds of linguinie for my family of 5.

This recipe takes about an hour which is rather short for some red sauce recipes you will come by.

Vodka Sauce Recipe by

(I halved this recipe as well as used non-fat half and half)


  • 4 28-ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 10 pieces of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 quart heavy cream


Begin by melting the butter in a very large pot. Add the minced garlic, be careful not to let it burn. Once it is fragrant, add the tomato sauce and the vodka. Next add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Increase or decrease these amounts according to taste. I start with 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes and then taste and adjust as I go. Cook on low for 45 minutes, stirring often. Once you have the seasonings the way you like it, add the heavy cream. Stir and cook for 15 more minutes. Now give it a taste and add more seasonings if necessary. I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we do.


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  1. Yum, I’ve never made my own vodka sauce before. Sounds delicious! Stopping by from #76.

  2. Creamy tomato sauces like this are my absolute favorite. Skip the pasta, just give me a spoon and a bowl of sauce!

  3. I’ve never tried vodka sauce but it sure sounds delicious and I love that you used my favorite, fat-free half and half.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. Wow this looks tasty! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am excited to explore yours even more! I love the cooking challenge, I have made so many friends!


  5. That sauce looks so good! Welcome to the cooking challenge!! If you get a chance, stop by #31 :) Happy Cooking Challenge!

  6. I’ve never tried vodka sauce before. It sounds delicious!

  7. I’ve been wanting to try a vodka sauce. Haven’t seen a recipe with that much vodka though… how tasty it must have been!

  8. Wow, I agree with UDG – that’s a lot of vodka! I bet the sauce was super yummy though.

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my CCC – #75 Spaghetti Pie


  9. I really need to make a vodka sauce!

  10. That’s a lot of vodka! Must go buy some that isn’t flavored.

  11. Welcome to the CCC!

    I thought about making a Vodka Sauce, but used a different recipe. After seeing your sauce I might have to make it after all.

    From #50 – On Top Of Spaghetti