Bow Tie Pasta and Vodka Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This solo side dish can also be an excellent carrier for cooked cocktail shrimp, diced chicken or ham. Cooking is a Creative Sport.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pasta in at least 2 quarts of salted water according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Melt one tablespoon of butter with the olive oil in a sauce pan, and then saute the onion until transparent.
  3. Mix the tomato sauce and vodka, together and add to the pan that has been removed from the heat. Return the pan to the heat, stir and then add the garlic and basil.
  4. When the sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat to low, add the second tablespoon of butter and continue to cook over low heat until the sauce thickens.
  5. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat.
  6. If desired, grated Parmesan cheese can be added after the pasta has been plated.
Most Helpful

Bill, Bill, Bill, thanks so much for this recipe! I loved it!! I totally agree with your statement about cooking being a "creative sport". I can't say I didn't change anything in the recipe. I used whole wheat penne instead of the bow tie pasta because that is what I had on hand. Next time I'm going to add a little red pepper flake, because I like that little zing in my sauce. The butter in here gives it a smooth texture. I do have an FYI, though. A small can of tomato sauce measures out to 3/4 C of sauce. So, I used the whole can, increased the vodka by 1/8 of a cup and raised the pasta to 2 cups. I left everything else as is. I had enough for supper, and I can't wait for lunch tomorrow. Again, thanks.

Becky in Wisconsin June 03, 2009

This was pretty good and made for a quick dinner. I was surprised by how strong the vodka was so next time will probably cut it down a bit. I used a little extra basil and did add some Parmesan on top. Served with garlic bread. Thanks for the recipe!

flower7 June 13, 2007

I don't drink vodka but had an almost empty bottle from an office party that I was wanting to put to good use. This was perfect. I did use tomato pureee instead of sauce though...yum.

Lattegirl February 22, 2006