Dinner, Dips & Sauces

Classic Vodka Sauce

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 0

You’ll be surprised at how incredibly easy this sauce is to make and once you experience the fresh flavor, you’ll never go back to jarred sauce. This recipe is light with an olive oil base and plenty of fresh basil to bring it to life.


Tip: Make this a spicy vodka sauce by adding 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the onion and garlic mixture in the first step of the recipe.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper, as desired
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Large Saute Pan
  • Step 1

    Place a large pot over medium heat with olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and vodka and continue cooking until mixture is slightly reduced, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Then stir in the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Remove pot from heat and add in basil leaves.

  • Step 3

    Assemble the immersion blender attachment on the power base. Submerge the blender head in the mixture.

  • Step 4

    Press and hold the power button to blend for about 2 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved. Use an up-and-down motion while blending. Make sure to tilt the blade away from your body and stop any time the vents of the blender head are no longer submerged.

  • Step 5

    Stir in half and half. Return pot to medium-low heat and cook until warmed through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese. If desired, add pasta to sauce and toss.