Simple Vodka Cream Sauce with Shrimp

A simple yet delicious meal..easy enough for a weeknight dinner!  Add some big shrimp and really wow your crowd!



14 oz bag of Heart Pasta (or any other short shape), you’ll use approx. 1/2 the bag

2 T. olive oil

1 yellow or Vidalia onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup vodka

Pinch or more of red pepper flakes

11/2 pounds of shrimp (I use large or jumbo!), peeled and deveined

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 t. salt

1/2 t. black pepper

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup or more fresh Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse, toss with 1 T. olive oil. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat 1 T. olive oil in large saute pan, and add onions and saute until translucent, approx. 3-4 minutes.  Add sliced garlic, and saute additional 30 seconds, until fragrant.

Add tomatoes, vodka, and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer.  Cover and reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors come together, about 10 minutes.

Now add the shrimp, cream salt and pepper to sauce.  Continue to cook and stir uncovered, until shrimp are cooked through, approx. 5 more minutes.

Stir in pasta, fresh basil, and cheese.

Serve and top with additional basil and cheese!  Yum!  Enjoy!