Vodka Cream Pasta

April 21st, 2009

You won’t be single for long!!!


Well, this is what was claimed on TV, when a family member of mine saw this recipe on a TV show, with women claiming that once they made this for their partner they were proposed to.

Wow! This pasta must be a absolutely fantastic for someone to propose after eating it. (I must admit there are some foods were I would have seriously considered accepting a proposal, although they tended to be decadent chocolate desserts 🙂 yep, that’s me – loving the desserts!)

So we decided to make the pasta and I’ll admit that I’ve made it more than once as it’s very easy, with few ingredients and quite tasty.


I wasn’t proposed to immediately after Nick tried this pasta – let’s say maybe a year after (does that still count?) 😛

I wouldn’t go on to suggest that anyone will be proposed to after serving this pasta, it is good, but not propose-worthy good. I would suggest trying it though, if it’s a Friday night and you can’t be bothered spending too long on dinner.

I have tried this without the vodka too – with skeptics suggesting it didn’t contribute to the pasta at all (as most is steamed out of the dish). So after trialing out the non-vodka version, it still tasted good, there was some small taste missing, so I would recommended adding a little or half the vodka if the budget is tight or you really hate vodka, otherwise try the whole amount and alter the recipe from there.

Vodka Cream Pasta

Recipe from

Serves: 4

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 brown onion, finely diced
½ -1 cup vodka
1 cup chicken stock
1 can crushed tomatoes (820g)
Coarse salt and pepper
500g pasta, such as penne or fettuccine
½ cup heavy or thickened cream
Fresh basil leaves, shredded or torn, to serve
Herb or crusty bread, to serve

Heat a large saucepan over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and onion. Gently sauté onion for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness. Add vodka to pan. Reduce vodka by half; this will take 2 or 3minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes and bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.


While sauce simmers, cooks pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente. While pasta cooks, prepare your salad or other side dishes.

Stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Serve pasta with crusty bread.



  1. I think I like the dessert proposal idea better too 🙂 Creamy tomato sauce does sound good though, and quick and easy is even better.

  2. Steph says:

    Haha that recipe gives quite a big promise to live up to! I’ve never tried putting vodka in a pasta sauce but I can relate to what you say about it feeling like something is missing without it-like how adding wine to a sauce seems to give it extra depth.

  3. MMM creamy sauce is always a good thing 🙂 We have a lot of vodka leftover from a party we had this past weekend and I’ve been trying to figure out if I can use it in any dish…gotta try this one night!

  4. I love vodka pasta! I think almost enough to propose to someone! 😀 It looks wonderfu- I’m sure it had something to do with your proposal!

  5. vodka in pasta, now that is a first for me, never heard that before. It sure is interesting though

  6. FFichiban says:

    Hee hee how much vodka did they put in it pre (and post) cooking to get a proposal! ahha jkjk I have heard of this pasta before and always meant to give it a go maybe this will be a boost of inspiration ^^!

  7. Anita says:

    Hi Arwen – Yep, I think dessert would be bigger winner for me 🙂

    Hi Steph – I know what you mean about wine in a sauce too – it just adds “something…”. And talk about talking the meal up, propose-worthy food should be to-die-for food 🙂

    Hi Alexandra – Hope you like the recipe and use up a bit of your leftover vodka 🙂 let me know how it goes.

    Hi Lorraine – He he, Nick doesn’t’ seem to say it had anything to do with the proposal….. but maybe in the back of his mind it did 😛

    Hi Maria – It was a first for me too! It doesn’t add as much flavour as you would think, just an underlying subtle “something”.

    Hi FFichiban – 😛 I Know! he he, the vodka must have been more than double the recipe 🙂 Hope you give the recipe a go!

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