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Vodka Cream Pasta

This is a quick, tasty, and fancy looking dinner that is fairly inexpensive to make. I find that if I spend a little more money and cook nice meals like this regularly, we don't want to go out to eat, saving money in the long run.



  • 12 oz. pasta (whole wheat regate, for example)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, cut in strips
  • feta or freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Put large pot of water on high heat for pasta. When water boils, add salt and pasta. Cook until al dente and drain.

Meanwhile heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, butter, garlic, and green onions. Saute for 3-5 minutes.

Add vodka and cook to reduce by half, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir cream into the vodka sauce. When sauce comes to a boil, remove from heat. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves and serve with a vegetable of your choice. I like to top with some feta cheese or freshly grated Parmesan. It'd also go well with a nice piece of crusty bread as there is usually a little bit of sauce left to sop up.


Source: Original recipe was a Rachael Ray 30 minute dinner. I've made some modifications.

By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR

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April 28, 20110 found this helpful

It looks really good, thanks for sharing. I love tomatoes and basil! I might try using an immersion blender to get a nice creamy sauce. One of my boys hates tomatoes but loves salsa and spaghetti sauce. :)

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April 29, 20110 found this helpful

Stephanie, This looks and sounds heavenly! Perfect ingredients! :-)

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful

Looks very appetizing, and who doesn't like pasta paired with broccoli?
My family will love it.

Thanks for sharing Stephanie.


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