• Megan Jess

Meatless Vodka Sauce with Peas

Updated: Mar 7

Need a meatless pasta meal? I normally love Chicken Sausage in my vodka sauce, but sometimes you get home from work realizing you forgot to take the meat out for dinner and this is how this Meatless Vodka Sauce came about. The peas were added for a quick veggie addition for those kiddos!


What will you need?

  • 1 28 oz can of tomato puree

  • 3 cloves of garlic - diced

  • 1/2 cup of diced cherry tomatoes (if you like a chunky sauce)

  • 1 large sweet onion

  • 2/3 cup of heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of vodka (reminder, you always want to use vodka you would drink)

  • 2 tablespoons of Italian seasonings

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder and basil

  • 1/3 cup of frozen peas (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil

  • 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese


1) Dice up cherry tomatoes and sweet onion then add to a heated frying pan over medium heat. Add oil to a pan with salt and pepper.

2) Sautee for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.

3) Dice and add the garlic to a frying pan on medium heat, cook for 1 minute.

You don't want to burn the garlic and only want it to become fragrant, be careful to not overcook.

4) Keep the frying pan on medium heat and add vodka and stir for 2 minutes. You will start to see the vodka boil and reduce.

5) Add salt, pepper. balsamic vinegar and tomato puree to the pan allow the sauce to boil on medium heat. This will help the sauce reduce and thicken for about 10 minutes.

6) add garlic powder, Italian, and basil seasoning. Lower the heat on the frying pan to low.


7) When adding the cream to the sauce, you want to make sure the sauce is not boiling. Dairy products could break up in the sauce if the sauce is too hot. Add the cream to the sauce and stir.

8) add frozen peas to the sauce and continue to stir.

9) Time to put water on to boil to make your pasta - This allows the sauce to continue to cook. Tomato sauce always tastes better the longer it cooks. This will also allow the sauce to continue to thicken.


When you are adding your pasta to the boiling water, add salt and a little olive oil. Tip, do not add salt to the water until it is boiling and you are adding your pasta. You will be adding the starch water to your water. This means when your pasta is cooked, you will be reserving 1/4 cup of the left pasta water. This helps flavor your sauce along with adding flavor.


10) About 20 minutes when your pasta is fully cooked, add 1/4 cup of leftover pasta water and pasta to the pan add 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and stir.


11) Let the pasta simmer for another 2 minutes, to allow the sauce to continue to thicken.

12) Serve & Enjoy. Tag #recipes4mom


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