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Easy Creamy Vegan Vodka Sauce

This creamy vegan vodka sauce is made with simple ingredients in under 30 minutes! It's delicious with pasta, polenta, or rice.
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Course: sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan
Keyword: creamy pasta sauce, creamy tomato sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Alex Meyer, MA
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • stove
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 cup of unsweetened plant milk SEE NOTE
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar SEE NOTE
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium-high. When the oil is hot (add a piece of onion, if it sizzles, it’s ready) add the onion and stir to coat and spread evenly in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir often to caramelize. This will take approximately 15 minutes. The onions will slowly brown to a beautiful amber color.
  • Add the tomatoes to the pan and turn the heat up to medium. Stir often so the onion doesn’t scorch. When all of the tomatoes have burst and released their juices, add the garlic and stir. Cook for one minute and remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the 1 ½ oz of vodka, 1 cup unsweetened plant milk, ¼ cup rice vinegar, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp sugar, ¼ tsp white pepper, and the onion and tomato mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Wipe any remaining pieces of onion and tomato from the saucepan and pour the sauce into the pan. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. Salt to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes or longer if you want to cook off more of the alcohol. If you need to cook off all of the alcohol, simmer at the lowest temperature for 3 hours, stirring frequently to avoid scorching the sauce. You may need to add more milk if it becomes too thick.
  • If you’re making pasta for this sauce, cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions tell you to. Add a ½ cup of the starchy pasta water to the sauce and stir. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss to coat completely and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh basil, vegan parmesan, and cracked black pepper if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

NUTRITION DISCLAIMER
  • UNSWEETENED PLANT MILK – Only use unsweetened. Don’t use flavored, such as vanilla, or coconut milk. Both will alter the flavor of this sauce. We recommend full fat oat milk or Ripple pea based milk.
  • SUGAR – Depending on how sweet the tomatoes are, you may not need any sugar, or just a ½ tsp. Taste the sauce and decide if it needs a bit of sugar to temper the acidity and tanginess of the tomatoes. Canned tomatoes and store bought usually need a bit of sugar. Tomatoes that are freshly picked from you garden may not.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 868IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg