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My Family’s Vodka Sauce

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner


Zarlengo family vodka sauce!


  • 1 lb pasta (gluten free if necessary)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 34 garlic cloves, minced 
  • Handful of diced green onions
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1 small can black olives (optional)
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 46 chicken breasts, browned (or 6 oz chopped prosciutto) (leave out for meat free)*
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Saute olive oil on medium-low heat in a large skillet with garlic and green onion for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  2. Stir in vodka, crushed tomatoes, olives (optional), and crushed red pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes (reduce heat if necessary). 
  3. If you are adding the pre-cooked chicken (or prosciutto), add to the simmering sauce and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the salt and heavy cream. Simmer an additional 5 minutes; pour over cooked pasta. 


*You can leave the meat out completely. If you are adding chicken, make sure it’s pre-cooked.