Tomato-Vodka Sauce

Fresh, homemade pasta sauce is the best! Its very easy to make and takes little time. Barilla now makes a line of pasta which contains 20% of the daily serving of vegetables. I usually use whole wheat pasta but these veggie pastas are just as good for you!

Tomato-vodka Sauce with veggie penne.

1 ½  tablespoons olive oil

½ cup chopped shallots or sweet onions

½ cup vodka

1 cup canned evaporate skim milk

One 150 ounce can tomato sauce

1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat the oil in a heavy, large pan over medium heat. I used my trusty Dutch oven. Add the shallots or onion and cook, stirring, for four minutes.


Add the vodka: carefully ignite the sauce with a long match – be careful! The flame will go out in about a minute when the alcohol has burned off. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally to mix.


Add the milk, and simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce is reduced and has thickened – about 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and cayenne and simmer until thickened again – about 5 minutes.


Serve immediately over hot pasta, or store, covered, in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 2 cups or four ½ cup servings.

Adapted from Vegetarian Times Low-Fat & Fast: 150 Easy Meatless Recipes.


Filed under General Gardening

10 responses to “Tomato-Vodka Sauce

  1. Yummm – cant go wrong with tomato vodka sauce. This looks delicious!


  2. Courtney

    Yummmm…..can’t go wrong with tomato vodka sauce. This looks delicious!


  3. Didn’t realize the sauce was this easy! Thanks!


  4. That looks really outstanding, Arthur. I love you site. I will be hopefully making spaghetti sauce from my garden veggies this year! Happy gardening, Arthur.


  5. Looks great! I love vodka sauce and I have never seen a homemade recipe before!


  6. What a pretty sauce. The color is just incredible. Thanks for the tip on the new pasta. I’ll keep an eye out for it.


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