Vegan vodka pasta sauce

Vegan vodka pasta sauce

Although my passion is for all things Asian, I do travel to other parts of the world for dinner too.  In fact, I love Italian food almost as much as Asian food.  I think the connection is the pasta.  I love pasta, it makes me very happy.  I grew up on pasta, even though I was from a German home.  It was cheap and easy to make for my mom, and I was very happy to eat it.
One thing I really love is a great pasta sauce.  I make a wonderful marinara sauce, and use it often.  My kids love it too.  But sometimes I like to get a little more exotic.  So I came up with a recipe for creamy vodka pasta sauce.  I am going to tell you now, it is so delicious!  I put this stuff on some penne pasta and went to town.  
It has amazing notes, it actually tastes exotic.  You will taste it and then take in more and more.  It's one of those recipes that make me very happy.  I hope you give it a try and you love it as much as I did.

1/2 yellow onion, peeled and chopped small
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced small
2 14.5 oz. cans of petite diced tomatoes, no salt if you can find it
1/2 c vodka
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, or 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped oregano
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2c nutritional yeast
1/2c rice cream ** (see notes to make this)
** rice cream- 1/2c hot cooked white rice and 1/4c soy milk (or any, unflavored, unsweetened plant milk) Combine in a blender and blend until very smooth.   It will be very thick.
 In a large pot, over medium heat, saute the onions.  Keep stirring so they don't stick.  If they are sticking, add a little water.  Saute until they start to turn translucent.  Add the garlic and tomatoes.  Stir well and add the vodka.  Add the spices and stir well.
Cook until it comes to a simmer.  Cover and reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 20 minutes.  Stirring a couple times throughout.
After 20 minutes, remove lid and add the maple syrup, nutritional yeast and rice cream.  Stir well and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve with your favorite pasta.
It really is that easy.  It is easy to make and it will be a joy to eat.
I love it on thick pasta's like penne.
I hope you try this and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.


  1. Will brown rice work as well as white for the rice cream?

    1. I have not tried brown rice. I will try in the morning and let you know though. :) I would think if it is cooked enough, it should work.


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