Good day? Bad day? Any kind of day! This recipe will give you a reason to open the vodka. Can’t argue with that. Here is one of my all-time favorite, top requested sauces, so I promise you it won’t disappoint. Serve it traditionally with penne, open a bottle of wine, kick back and enjoy.


2 cans of crushed tomatoes, 1 cup of heavy cream, ¾ cup of vodka, 5 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped, ½ yellow onion diced, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of parsley, 1 teaspoon of basil, 1 teaspoon of oregano, ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper, ½ cup of fresh chopped parsley (optional)

Family style is the best style.


Cook and drain the pasta.

Add the olive oil to a pot over medium-low heat. When the olive oil is warm add the garlic and onions and cook until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the crushed tomatoes and increase the heat to medium-high bringing the mixture to a slight boil. Add the herbs, salt, and pepper and let it cook for about 5 minutes stirring as you go, so it doesn’t burn. Add the vodka and allow to cook for another 5 minutes, so it reduces, and the alcohol cooks off. Turn the heat to low and add the heavy cream. Stir well and remove from heat. 

Special Occasion? A little appetizer inspiration!


Toss the pasta with your desired amount of sauce, the grated parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve with additional sauce on the side.