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Pasta in Vodka Sauce | Pasta alla vodka

Pasta in Vodka Cream Tomato sauce is just the kind of pasta with a wickedly adult kick you want to serve up for friends or a special Valentine dinner for two. Don't miss this recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 serving


  • 225 grams Spaghetti or half a 1 lb packets
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 6 tomatoes Ripe
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 3 - 4 tbsps Onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup vodka Unflavoured
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper Ground
  • 1/2 tsp basil Dried
  • 5 - 6 Basil leaves
  • 2 tbsps walnuts Toasted chopped
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • In a large pot of water with 1 tbsp salt, cook the spaghetti as per instructions on pack. Do not overcook the pasta.
  • Score the tomatoes lightly with a sharp knife. Cut the bell pepper into 4 large pieces avoiding the seeds.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, place the tomatoes and bell peppers with 1/4 cup water. Cover with a microwave proof lid and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Once cooled, peel off skins of the tomatoes and bell peppers. Using the liquid in the bowl, blend this to a puree in a blender/mixer. Keep aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat the butter. Sautxe9 the finely chopped onions and garlic for 4-5 minutes until soft. At this point, lower the flame, add the vodka. It will start sizzling and then settle to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes, after which you can add the prepared tomato -red bell pepper puree.
  • Bring this to a simmer. After 4-5 minutes, add the cream, mix well on a low flame. Season with salt, pepper and dried basil. Allow this to come to a gentle simmer.
  • By this time, the spaghetti will be ready. Using pasta tongs, remove the spaghetti from the pot, drain (do not wash the cooked spaghetti) and add directly to the sauce, tossing well to coat.
  • Divide the pasta in two warmed dishes, garnish with fresh basil and chopped walnuts. Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil over the pasta and it's ready to serve.


Try this as a part of your Valentine's day menu along with the Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Whiskey Sauce and the Boozy Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding.
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