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Old 05-01-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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I am looking for the best vodka sauce for penne...any recipes to share that are fabul

I have loved vodka sauce for so many years at a favorite restaurant and bam they are gone. Out of business/moved. I tried so many different recipes but still can not come close. Anyone dare to share a great vodka sauce recipe. I would be forever grateful!!!! Thanks a bunch in advance!

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Old 05-02-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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this is my favorite vodka sauce for the nice spring nights dinner on the balcony

1 can tomatoes (400gr) 150 gr. heavy cream , salt, dried basil and black pepper to taste....you put everything in a sauce pan bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. When you are ready to take the pan from the heat add 100ml vodka stir well andl leave the sauce to get cold.
cook the pasta and add it to the sauce. serve
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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just remembered this, because i serve this sauce to my kids i take out some of the sauce in a bowl, before i add vodka....i just add some grated cheese in their sauce and monkeys are happy ...and you will have to add less vodka in the sauce that is left for you or not? hahaha
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I have loved vodka sauce for so many years at a favorite restaurant and bam they are gone. Out of business/moved. I tried so many different recipes but still can not come close. Anyone dare to share a great vodka sauce recipe. I would be forever grateful!!!! Thanks a bunch in advance!
What other ingredients were in this sauce? Was it a tomato based sauce or a creamy sauce?
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:54 PM   #5
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The sauce was "pinkish". Both tomato and cream were used.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:54 PM   #6
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This could be tricky, because it likely started with their marinara sauce and that could have so many different things added to it.

I usually just use a prepared (homemade or high quality jar) sauce and add vodka and heavy cream.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:42 AM   #7
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Fresh Sicilian Tomato Sauce
¼ cup xtra virgin olive oil
4 cloves fresh garlic (we use about 6)
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (we us a large)
9 cups cored and chopped very ripe fresh tomatos (we use Romas)
2-3 boxes of chopped tomatos (Parmalet is the best, IMO)
½ cup dry white wine (stuff you would actually drink!)
1 box low sodium chicken broth (we use Swansons)
Dry Basil to taste
6 Tblsp unsalted butter
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (use kosher or sea salt)

Heat an 8-10 quart sauce pan on med-high and add the oil, onion and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent. Add everything else except the butter,salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and gently cook, uncovered for about 4 hours, stirring often. Stir in butter, then salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add additional chicken broth if it starts to dry out. Just use your judgement. You will need 1-1/2 cups of this sauce for the penne. Freeze the rest in quart freezer bags for your next Italian concoction!

Start your pasta water and time the pasta according to the package directions, for al dente, to be ready when you add the vodka to the sauce. We prefer Barilla pasta. Use the whole package (1 lb).

Penne ala Vodka
1-2 Tblsp xtra virgin olive oil, as needed
¼ lb Pancetta, cut into ¼ “ cubes
1 medium or large yellow onion (depends on how much you like onions) thinly sliced. You can use a knife or if you are adventurous a Mandolin! I opt for the knife as I have shed too much blood with the Mandolin. And people think emerald bites are bad!
2-3 or4or…. cloves garlic, finely minced
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 cups fresh Sicilian tomato sauce
½ cup decent vodka
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, use the real stuff, the crap from the can is garbbage
Make sure you grate xtra to add when it is served!

Heat a 12 “, deep skillet to med-high. Add enough oil to coat the bottom using a paper towel to spread it arround. Add the Pancetta and saute until browned, remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Add more oil if needed to make about 2 tablespoons. Add the onion and saute until almost tender but not carmelized. You still want a little crunch left. Remove and set aside. Add the garlic and saute about 30 seconds. Add the wine and simmer for about 2 minutes. Add the cream, tomato sauce and cheese. Simmer and stir together until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the vodka and onions and bring to a simmer. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Serve with xtra Parmesan to taste and some crusty bread! Some good Chianti goes well!

I tend to use additional vodka as a condement!
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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The sauce was "pinkish". Both tomato and cream were used.
I believe that the vodka should be flamed and then tomato sauce added and then the cream. This is what I would do:
Sauté 1/2 cup of onion finely chopped in 2 TBSP of oil and 1 TBSP of butter. Add 1/8 cup vodka and flame it by tilting the pan to catch the fire. Let the flame subside and continue cooking the onions, then add 1cup of tomato sauce. Cook and then add cream. Other herbs and spices could be added to your taste. This is just an idea that needs to be worked on. Most important is that when you add the vodka, the onions are not quite cooked yet otherwise it will not flame.
A word of caution: if you are not familiar with the flaming process, have a lid handy. In case the flame scares you, just put the lid on the flaming pan and it will stop. Another way to stop the flame is to add wine, which could be a good addition to this particular sauce preparation. Consider adding 1/2 cup of white wine and let it reduce before adding the toamto sauce
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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The vodka needs to be added to tomatoes and not before.

The only reason vodka is added to a tomato-based sauce is because the alcohol in the vodka releases flavor components in the tomatoes that water and oil cannot. Vodka is used instead of wine because of its neutral flavor. The vodka is only being used as a chemical agent, not as a flavoring.

Adding the vodka first or flaming it is counterproductive to releasing those flavors.
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The vodka needs to be added to tomatoes and not before.

The only reason vodka is added to a tomato-based sauce is because the alcohol in the vodka releases flavor components in the tomatoes that water and oil cannot. Vodka is used instead of wine because of its neutral flavor. The vodka is only being used as a chemical agent, not as a flavoring.

Adding the vodka first or flaming it is counterproductive to releasing those flavors.
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