Vodka Pasta Sauce with Sun Dried Tomato

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This pasta dish with a rich and creamy vodka pasta sauce is an easy and indulgent vegetarian dinner. This tomato vodka sauce is great for a weeknight dinner or for serving to friends!

Time for an easy, creamy pasta dish to make your winter nights delicious 😍

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I am obsessed with this pasta recipe!

It’s creamy, warming and a little bit spicy which all comes together to make the perfect winter meal. I am all about carby bowl meals in the winter.

I want something I can eat while curled up on the sofa, bowl in one hand and fork in the other, while watching something equally comforting on TV.

You start this sauce off with plenty of garlic (is there any better smell that garlic cooking in butter) then a glug of vodka is added and bubbled until the alcohol is cooked off then the tomatoes are simmered down in the sauce before blending and adding cream and stirring through hot pasta.

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Why we love this vodka pasta sauce…

It’s vegetarian comfort food at its best thanks to the rich and flavourful sauce along with plenty of pasta and a good sprinkling of parmesan to finish.

It’s such an easy recipe to make on a weeknight which comes together so quickly but tastes like it took hours of simmering to get all that flavour.

This pasta dish could also work with added protein like shredded cooked chicken or cooked beef mince for an extra bit of flavour and texture.

You can also make this recipe into a pasta bake by simply following the recipe and then sprinkling with a few handfuls of cheddar cheese and baking at 200°C/400°F for 15 minutes.

Blue bowl of vodka pasta on a blue surface with a checked cloth

Bowl of creamy pasta with basil on a blue background

Vodka Cream Sauce Ingredients

Butter: Melted to start the sauce.

Garlic: Crushed and gently cooked in the butter.

Chilli Flakes: You can add as much or as little as you like depending on your spice preference.

Vodka: This adds a little extra kick to the sauce which I just love.

Chopped Tomatoes: Just go for your favourite brand.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto: This is my secret ingredient which adds an extra richness to the sauce.

Dried Thyme

Double Cream: For that creamy rich sauce.

Parmesan: For sprinkling before serving.

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Close up of creamy tomato pasta in a blue bowl

How to make creamy vodka tomato pasta

Start the sauce: Melt the butter in a large pot then add the garlic and cook until softened. Pour in the vodka and simmer for a few minutes to cook off the alcohol.

Simmer the sauce: Add the tomatoes, pesto and thyme then simmer for 15 minutes before blending until smooth then stir through the cream.

Finish the dish: Stir the cooked pasta into the sauce then serve with parmesan and basil.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Vodka pasta in a blue bowl with basil and parmesan

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Vodka Pasta Sauce with Sun Dried Tomato

This pasta dish with a rich and creamy vodka pasta sauce is an easy and indulgent vegetarian dinner. This tomato vodka sauce is great for a weeknight dinner or for serving to friends!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 857kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 100 g Double Cream
  • 500 g Pasta
  • 125 g Parmesan Cheese grated
  • Fresh Basil to serve


  • Put the butter, garlic and chilli flakes in a large pot of a medium heat. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the vodka and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, pesto, thyme and plenty of seasoning. Simmer for about 15 minutes then blend until smooth and add the cream.
  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to packet instructions. Add the pasta to the sauce then stir through the parmesan. Serve topped with fresh basil and more parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Vodka Pasta Sauce with Sun Dried Tomato
Amount Per Serving
Calories 857 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 973mg41%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 105g35%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1244IU25%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 493mg49%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    27/11/2019 at 1:58 PM

    5 stars
    I am a big pasta lover so any new recipe is always welcome. This one looks delicious! 🙂

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    27/11/2019 at 2:17 PM

    We love making a vodka pasta sauce. The sundried tomatoes are a great addition.

  • Reply
    27/11/2019 at 2:31 PM

    5 stars
    This is amazing! The cream makes it so rich and delicious!

  • Reply
    27/11/2019 at 2:48 PM

    5 stars
    Vodka sauce is new to me. I’ve never heard of it before. I love learning new culinary concepts! Thanks for sharing this one.

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    27/11/2019 at 3:05 PM

    I absolutely love pasta with vodka sauce, and this one looks so yummy! Pinning for later. 🙂

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    02/04/2020 at 10:09 AM

    Never tried vodka in pasta! I am still breastfeeding my baby boy. Am I allowed?! I am sooo curious about the taste…

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