Pasta With Vodka Sauce For One

Quick and easy Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe for one – A rich, creamy sauce made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, a splash of vodka and a touch of cream served over pasta. An incredibly delicious single serving meal!

Quick and easy Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe for one - A rich, creamy sauce made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, a splash of vodka and a touch of cream served over pasta. An incredibly delicious single serving meal! |  One Dish Kitchen

Recreating my family’s favorite Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe into a single serving recipe has been on my to-do radar for months.

Pasta with Vodka Sauce is of my family’s most requested recipes and my son who lives in Austin, Texas has been begging me to create a single serving version of it for such a long time.

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Vodka Sauce

Pasta with Vodka Sauce is such a simple dish to make. Many people think the vodka sauce is a challenge to make but you might be surprised at just how easy it is.

The key ingredients in vodka sauce are olive oil, onions, tomatoes, a few spices, cream and of course, vodka. All the ingredients cook together in one pan and within minutes, you’ve got a rich and creamy sauce worthy of your favorite pasta.

Step 1

Cook the onions and garlic in a little olive oil in a pan until they’re soft.

Step 2

Add the vodka to the onions and garlic and let everything cook for a few minutes.

Step 3

Add in a cup of canned diced tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for a few minutes, then add in a touch of cream.

As the vodka sauce gently cooks, the cream begins to thicken the sauce.

The vodka sauce doesn’t take long to make. In the time it takes you to boil your water for the pasta, you can make the sauce.

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Bowl of pasta with vodka sauce | One Dish Kitchen

I love using larger noodles such as pappardelle to mix with my vodka sauce but I also love using penne pasta too.

When cooking for one, 3/4 of a cup of uncooked penne or other similar shaped pasta is a good amount. When cooked, you should have about 1 1/2 cups of pasta.

If you’re using a pappardelle pasta (shown in the pictures), plan on using 2-3 nests. When you purchase a package of pappardelle at the grocery, the dried pasta is already in little circles inside the package. I call these circles, nests and I think 3 is the perfect amount for one person.

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Pro Tip: Instead of buying a large bottle of vodka, I buy the smaller 50 ml “mini” bottles. With these, you’ll have just a little bit of vodka leftover to use again in this recipe or to add to a cocktail to enjoy while you are cooking.


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Pasta With Vodka Sauce Recipe For One

Easy to make Pasta with Vodka Sauce For One - a rich and creamy sauce made with onions and garlic, diced tomatoes, a splash of vodka and a touch of cream. Comes together quickly then poured over a heaping bowl of pasta. A fantastic single serving recipe. | One Dish Kitchen

Pasta With Vodka Sauce For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 865kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3/4 cup dried penne pasta (or 3 nests of Pappardelle pasta)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes , with the juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus more for topping)


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan on medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more.
  • Add the vodka and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and stir. Continue to heat for 5 minutes without bringing sauce to a boil.
  • Stir in 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat.
  • Transfer pasta to a plate or a bowl and top with additional parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 865kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 2069mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 47.9% | Vitamin C: 35.4% | Calcium: 54% | Iron: 19.1%
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.

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