Vodka sauce

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Vodka sauce
Type Sauce
Place of origin Italy
Main ingredients Tomato sauce, vodka, typical Italian herbs, heavy cream
Cookbook:Vodka sauce  Vodka sauce

Vodka sauce is an Italian sauce[citation needed] made from a smooth tomato sauce, vodka, typical Italian herbs and heavy cream, which gives the sauce its distinctive pink coloration. It gained popularity in the 1970s, when a variation won a national recipe contest in Italy.[citation needed] It is a key ingredient in penne alla vodka, although it may well have been a sauce before its popularization in the 1970s.

The vodka's function is, ostensibly, to release flavors in the tomato that are normally inaccessible; using alcoholic beverages for this purpose is common in Italian cooking, although usually accomplished with wine.[1]


  1. ^ Moskin, Julia (21 March 2007). "It Boils Down To This: Cheap Wine Works Fine". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2011.