Vodka Sauce

I’ve been making this vodka sauce for years – it’s an adaptation of Ina Garten’s, aka The Barefoot Contessa, Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola recipe.

Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta with vodka sauce, the best vodka sauce recipe, vodka sauce recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 680 kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 c vodka
  • 28 oz plum tomatoes can, peeled
  • 2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • parmesan fresh grated
  • 1 Tbsp mascarpone optional


  1. In a skillet over medium high and oil, onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add red pepper and oregano and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add vodka and reduce to half.
  3. Add drained tomatoes to skillet and crush. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Puree tomato mixture in a food processor until smooth and return to heat. Add oregano and heavy cream, simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in parmesan and and add mascarpone.

Recipe Notes

I like to make my own pasta.  If you don't want to make your pasta, you can purchase a good boxed pasta and cook al dente or pick up noodles in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts
Vodka Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 959mg40%
Potassium 629mg18%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1775IU36%
Vitamin C 23.8mg29%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.