Nancy J. Patrykus


Did you know that "CREAM VODKA SAUCE" was invented in Italy ? Early in the 1970,s vodka was a relatively new spirit to the Italians. So to promote the consumption of Vodka in Italy, a recipe contest was held among Italian chefs.Creamed Vodka Sauce was invented and the rage in Italy in the mid 70,s! Then the Americans were entranced by the idea, even though it is nothing more than a tomato cream sauce with hot pepper and a good dose of vodka! which is not detect-able in the finished dish.
I decided to tweak it a little for my own recipa.
Serve with Italian bread,salad and a glass of Red VI

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Family or Guests
10 Min
20 Min


1 lb
package radiatore pasta
2 large
cloves garlic
2 Tbsp
olive oil or butter
2 c
canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 c
1 tsp
crushed basil
1 tsp
oregano, dried
salt to taste
red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 to 3/4 c
heavy cream
1 c
black olives ,cut in half
grated cheese to your liking


1Bring 4 cups of water to a boil with 1 Tablespoon salt.
In a medium pan over medium to low heat,cook the garlic in the olive oil about 2 minutes, until soft but not browned.
2Add the tomatoes,vodka,basil, and oregano. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes.
Season to taste with salt & hot pepper flakes.
Add the cream to the tomato sauce, and simmer 3-4 minutes.
3Cook the radiatore in the boiling water,to the
ala dente stage.
Drain pasta well, toss with the sauce,and serve,
sprinkled with the black olives, and grated cheese to your liking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #sauce, #vodka, #radiatore