Weeknight Pasta With Vodka Sauce Recipes

Believe it or not but Vodka Sauce Recipe is the perfect Red Pasta Sauce Recipe is an easy weeknight meal.  Here are two variations of a great pasta night meal.

Do you love the flavor of a slow-cooked pasta sauce but don’t want to take the time to wait for it cook over the stove? This is the recipe for you as you actually do all the prep but then place it in the oven.  Want Shrimp, check out our low Fat Vodka Sauce with Shrimp Recipe.

Vodka Sauce Recipe

This is why I love Ina Garten and Barefoot Contessa recipes so much. My family adored this Penne with Vodka Recipe and now worries the alcohol gets burned off.

Plus be sure to read the whole post to see what I did with the Tomato Cans as decor for the Italian Themed Dinner and find a quick version of a Vodka Sauce


Your kitchen will smell amazing with the smell of cooking onions, and really this is all the cooking you will have to do.


Add a good vodka to your recipe, even though it burns off the quality of the vodka is what you will be tasting in the final dish.

  Weeknight Penne With Vodka Sauce Recipe

Then add the best-Peeled tomatoes you can afford. I love using Cento tomatoes one for flavor and also I love the can label. Stay tuned to see why.


Now you are ready to put the pan in the oven and just let the magic of the flavors meld together. Time to grab yourself a glass of Italian wine or something and kick up your feet.

Well for a while, you need to heat up the water for the pasta.


Add your cheese and a little more oregano for color. YUMMY. There is plenty of sauce to go around.

Weeknight Penne With Vodka Sauce Recipe

Keep your tomato cans and fill them with some flowers to set the theme for this Italian themed dinner of  Easy Penne with Vodka Sauce.

Penne alla Vecchia Bettola Or Penne with Vodka Sauce

Recipe from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten

Serves 4

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

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

A Quicker Vodka Sauce Recipe

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


  1. Begin by melting the butter in a very large pot.
  2. Add the minced garlic, be careful not to let it burn. Once it is fragrant, add the tomato sauce and the vodka.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook on low for 45 minutes, stirring often. Once you have the seasonings the way you like it, add the heavy cream.
  5. 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.
Vodka Pasta Sauce Recipe is the perfect Red Pasta Sauce Recipe

Barefoot Contessa Penne With Vodka Sauce Recipes

Yield: Feed 6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Vodka Sauce sounds fancy but it is the perfect weeknight meal to fill your family's bellies. Also a great recipe for a dinner party.


  • ¼ cup good olive oil
  • 2½ cups chopped Spanish onion (1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ - 1 pound penne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves, plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) ovenproof sauté pan ( I use All-Clad Pan) over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the red pepper flakes and dried oregano and cook for 1 more minute.
    3. Add the vodka and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half. Using clean hands, crush each tomato into the pan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper.
    4. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, place in the oven, and bake for 1½ hours.
    5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
    6. Two cups at a time, carefully pour the tomato mixture into a blender and purée until smooth. Return the tomato mixture to the sauté pan (be careful; the handle is hot!).
    7. Add the fresh oregano, cream, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and simmer partially covered for 10 minutes.
    8. Add the pasta to the sauce and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese and serve hot sprinkled with extra Parmesan and fresh oregano.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 505Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 52mgSodium 216mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 10g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Vodka Pasta Sauce Recipe proved to be a keeper in our home and can be made any weeknight or for guests.  What will you serve with this Penne with Vodka Sauce Dinner?

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