I’ve always seen the jars of vodka sauce in the supemarket, but had never had it myself. And I’m not a fan of jar sauce so I wasn’t likely to try it soon. But my husband asked me to find a recipe for it since he was curious about it. I found one that sounded (and looked) good on Stephanie Cooks blog and it seemed pretty darned easy, perfect for a Sunday night dinner.
1 stick butter
2/3 cup vodka
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1.5 tsp. Italian seasonings
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 (large) can crushed tomatoes
1 pint half and half (I used fat-free)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
Optional add-in: 1/2 lb cooked shrimp, chopped into large chunks
In a large pot, melt butter. Add the vodka and bring to a boil. Cook at a slow boil until the alcohol has evaporated (you won’t be able to smell the vodka anymore). Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add the Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes, stir well then add the tomatoes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Add the half and half, stirring while you’re adding it. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add the parmesan cheese and shrimp if using them and cook for 3 more minutes. Taste for seasonings – I had to add some salt and Tony’s. Serve over pasta and garnish with extra parmesan cheese.
The Verdict: I’m so excited over how delicious and EASY this was! If you already have vodka in the house, it’s really inexpensive to make too. It was so simple to put together and it was really yummy – I can’t wait to have some for lunch!! This will definitely be appearing on our menu again…soon!