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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gnocchi Alla Vodka (Gnocchi w/ Vodka Sauce)

SO, I’ve always loved vodka sauce, but never had a good recipe until I tried my friend Erin’s last year. I went over to her house for dinner for penne with vodka sauce and after eating two full servings, I ended the night standing at the stove in front of the pot of sauce eating it by the big-wooden-spoonful. Its definitely a treat because its loaded with butter and cream, but this recipe also makes a ton of sauce. And it freezes really really well! Last night I put it over gnocchi (which I didn’t make myself, but promise to next time). ABSOLUTELY delicious. Recipe shared so generously by Erin.
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 (28oz.) cans crushed tomatoes (higher quality is best)
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Other optional ingredients, if desired: pancetta, dried basil, red pepper flakes
Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan and saute onions until slightly brown and soft. Add the vodka and cook 10 minutes. (DO NOT put your face over the sauce at this point, because the smell of the alcohol will blow your head off… well, not really, but you know, it won’t be pleasant). Mix in crushed tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cream and cook another 30 minutes. Season however you wish. Pour over pasta or gnocchi and sprinkle freshly grated parmesan on top. Serve and enjoy!


  1. I made it this evening and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe...I wasn't sure I could pull it off, because we have penne alla vodka at a local restaurant that's quite exceptional, but this I think really topped it.

    Would like to try this with gnocchi next time alla Sorrentina style:)

    Mary, LA, CA

  2. Mary- I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing your success. I agree that gnocchi alla sorrentina would be delicious. Yum. Happy cooking.