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Spicy Vodka Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 8 ounce cans
  • 1 can Roma tomatoes 28 ounce can
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Spice up the vodka

  • In a bowl or jar, pour in the vodka and add the crushed red pepper. Prior to starting the remainder of the recipe, allow the vodka/CRP mix to sit for 1 to 2 hours for best flavor.

Make the spicy vodka sauce

  • Pour the Roma tomatoes and tomato sauce into a bowl and crush the tomatoes until they are your desired texture for the sauce.
  • Separately, in a medium sauce pan or skillet, heat the oil then sauté the garlic until fragrant (approximately 1 minute).
  • Add in the spicy vodka/crushed red pepper mix and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped fresh basil and parsley, along with a dash of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add the Roma tomato sauce and 1 cup water. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add in the heavy cream, stir to combine while simmering for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and allow the sauce to cool for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken. Serve.


Like things extra spicy? Increase the crushed red pepper used to 1 teaspoon.