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5 from 2 votes

Pasta with Vodka Sauce


Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup water to thin as needed/desired
  • 2 Tablespoons plain vodka
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Hemp Cream:

  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot.  
  • Add diced onions, carrot, and celery. Saute until onion is well browned and translucent. 
  • Add garlic and lightly brown. 
  • Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, basil leaves, oregano, salt and pepper. 
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, until carrots are soft and easily pierced with a fork. (This may take longer than 20 minutes, depending on how large your carrot pieces are.)
  • In the meantime prepare the cream sauce.  Place all cream sauce ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.  
  • Pour the cream through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to remove any grittiness from the seeds.  Set aside while the marinara sauce simmers.
  • Turn off heat on the marinara sauce and add the hemp cream.  
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce completely. Alternately, carefully transfer to a blender (in batches depending on blender size) to blend and then return the sauce to the pot. 
  • I like to add about 1/2 cup of hot water to thin out the sauce, but if you like a chunkier sauce you can omit this.
  • Whisk in the vodka and sugar, and return the sauce to simmer for 10 + minutes.
  • Serve over pasta!  This makes enough sauce for about two pounds of pasta—leftover sauce can be frozen for a future meal!


I love serving this with Bucatini pasta—it's a straw shaped long pasta.  Its extra thickness lends itself to the rich sauce!