Vodka Red Pepper Sauce

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far. Personally, I can’t believe how much time has flown by. Before the summer comes to a close I wanted to share with you all my personal favourite Vodka Red Pepper Sauce recipe. I’ve seriously been making it for ages. Its always a toss up between this one or a vegetable pasta sauce whenever I’m craving something comforting. It was just in the last few years when I realized the importance of fresh pasta and believe me when I say it is truly essential if you’re going to do it right! If you don’t have time to make it from scratch yourself, many grocery stores tend to carry it! I really love making pasta around this time of year when the garden is just exploding with tomatoes, basil and red peppers.



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Vodka Red Pepper Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, minced
  • 1 red pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 28 -ounce can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream (I usually used ½ & ½ or a cashew cream)
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves, torn, plus more for topping
  • Kosher salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces fresh linguine
  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the white onion and red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in the vodka, tomato sauce and salt to taste. Return the skillet to medium heat and simmer, stirring often, until the alcohol cooks off, about 7 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and basil.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook as the label directs.
  3. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Season with salt. Serve topped with more parmesan and basil.


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  • Reply Anonymous August 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Great recipe Rachel! Also, since you live in Toronto, do you know where I can get açai in Toronto?

    • Reply August 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Hello! I would try Essence of Life Organics in Kensington Market! 🙂

      • Reply Anonymous August 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        Ok perfect, thank you!

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