Vodka Sauce

Growing up my family and I ate a lot of spaghetti and other pastas. For the most part we only had my Mom’s “basic” red sauce. Occasionally we had pesto or clam sauce too. I’ve tried over and over to replicate my Mom’s red sauce, and I just can’t get it right; she of course doesn’t have a written recipe. But I have been experimenting with other sauces and this is one of my favorites.

I first had vodka sauce at a restaurant, and like usual, I knew it was something I needed to learn how to make at home. I scoured the internet for the perfect recipe but none were exactly what I was looking for. Many versions contained pancetta, which I’m not a fan of, so I decided to start from scratch and make it the way I liked it.

Everybody I’ve ever served this to has enjoyed it, even babies!  My friend Carolyn requested this one be posted, so here it is! Over the years I have made some adjustments. Mostly I’ve increased the amount of red pepper flakes because we like it a little spicy. You can definitely adjust the spices to satisfy your taste buds.

Here's what you'll need

Chop up the garlic

Melt butter in a large pot.

Sauté garlic just until fragrant

Add the sauce

Once all the sauce is added give it a good stir

Add the vodka

Add the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Add the heavy cream

Stir the sauce; cook for an additional 15 minutes

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary

Enjoy with family and friends