Best Homemade Vodka Sauce

A rich and creamy pasta sauce recipe that takes only minutes to make, but tastes amazing. Serve it over noodles or zoodles as-is, or add chicken, shrimp, prosciutto, peas, or broccoli.
Course Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian dinners, pasta dinners, vodka sauce recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings (about 1/2 cup each)
Calories 172kcal
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (2 ounces or 1/2 stick)
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes (I use the Tuttorosso brand which has basil in it. If you use another brand without basil, you may want to add a pinch)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Pasta or zucchini noodles for serving


  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the vodka and red pepper flakes (if using), bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes to cook out the alcohol.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for about five minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in the cream and cook for another five minutes, then stir in the cheese.
  • Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles.



Nutrition values are only for sauce. Does not include pasta.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg