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Playing How To Make Vodka Sauce | Rachael Ray

Rach shares her recipe for a classic vodka sauce, which serves as the creamy base in her Stuffed Shells 2 Ways. She also uses it to make her "You Won't Be Single For Long" Penne Alla Vodka


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic, sliced
  • A fat pinch of red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup vodka (Rach likes Tito's)
  • One 28-ounce can diced or whole Italian tomatoes (if using whole, crush into pieces by hand)
  • 1 bottle tomato passata
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • A sprinkle of sugar
  • A handful of basil leaves, torn
  • 1 cup heavy cream


Serves: 6


In a large pot over medium heat, combine EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, and butter. When butter melts, stir in the garlic and red pepper and stir 2 minutes, add vodka and reduce by half, add tomatoes, passata, salt, sugar, and basil, and simmer 20 minutes, then add cream and reduce heat to low.