The Best Vodka Sauce I’ve Ever Made

If you know me, then chances are you know that Ina Garten is my Inner Food Goddess.   Really, my Outer Food Goddess too, I talk about her at least once a day.  That’s normal, right?  She’s just everything. Her food is amazing, simple, and just makes you feel good about life.  I’m sure if they were invited to her Hamptons barn, even Emily Thorne and Victoria Grayson could reconcile their differences (#REVENGE).

On her show, and in her book, Foolproof, Ina gave us the recipe for Penne alla Vecchia Bettola from Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, and life has never been the same.  This sauce has such an amazing flavor that it’s mind boggling how little time you actually spend cooking it.  It’s a go-to dish when I have friends over, because it always gets rave reviews (and if they don’t rave, they are obviously blacklisted for poor taste).

You start with some onions and garlic, naturally.  Sauté them up.

IMG_6531Add in some chili flakes and dried oregano.  Keep sautéing.


IMG_6547Then you get to add in a full cup of vodka!  Be sure to save the extra for the cocktails.

IMG_6542Next comes the tomatoes.  Two cans of whole tomatoes get crushed into the reduced vodka/onion/garlic mix.

IMG_6559You toss that all in the oven for a good hour and a half.  Then you blend it up, add some heavy cream and oregano, parmesan, salt and pepper of course, and you get something creamy and delicious that looks like this:

IMG_6572Finally, toss it with some penne, sprinkle fresh oregano on top and spend ten minutes taking the perfect picture and you have the most amazing pasta dish you’ll ever have.*

IMG_6577How can you not want to just dive in to this?

Honestly, do yourself a favor and try it at home.  Serve it to everyone you know.  Including me.  I’ll be over at 7.

* This may be a dramatic statement, but it’s pretty damn good.  

FULL RECIPE (From Food Network)


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