Simple Vodka Marinara Sauce

Vodka Marinara Sauce;

To say the guys in my house love pasta is an understatement. It’s my husband’s favorite food, the two oldest boys usually ask for a second helping of it, and it’s one of the only things the littlest member of the family will shovel in his face without complaining. So when I make pasta, I MAKE pasta… usually one and a half boxes at a time so all the guys can enjoy a lunch of leftovers.

I’m okay with pasta, but I often enjoy a sauce variation. Since red sauce is preferred by all the men-folk in this house it’s what I always stock. Dinner prep was going as usual with noodles boiling and garlic bread in the oven. Until… I reached for the marinara and realized, Crappola, I don’t have enough sauce! Think Lish, think!

Although the store is just minutes away, my mind went into new recipe experimentation mode! My favorite red sauce for pasta is Vodka Sauce. So, I decided to go for it. A splash of vodka… let’s make that two (and no, I didn’t do a shot or have a cocktail while making dinner)! A little of this, a little of that, and the compliments at dinner sounded like… “Mommy, this is really good!” and “Can you make this again?!”

“Sure!” I said secretly smiling knowing that I very successfully salvaged dinner. It wasn’t from scratch, but it made everyone happy… which made me happy!

Simple Vodka Marinara Sauce

Total Time:10 mins
Yields: 8


  • 1/3 cup Vodka - 2 shots
  • 24 oz. Hunt's Four Cheese pasta sauce
  • 8 oz. light sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning


  • Pour vodka in hot pan, add other ingredients in order.
  • Stir well making sure all sour cream is creamed in completely.
  • Cook until heated through.
  • Pour over cooked pasta.


Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Servings: About 8
Garnish with shaved Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil, parsley, or oregano.
Serve with your favorite noodle type and garnish with shaved Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil, parsley, or oregano.

Happy eating!



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