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Not only are we suckers for pasta; we also can’t turn down a rich, creamy tomato sauce. Luckily, this recipe for rigatoni with vodka sauce is simple to make at home and the results are—dare we say?—better than a restaurant.
Why vodka, you ask? Well, aside from helping to loosen up the flavorful brown bits at the bottom of the pan (the cheffy term is fond), it also adds a little heat and tames the sweetness of the tomato. While it wouldn’t really be vodka sauce without it, you can skip the ingredient if you don’t have it on hand or you’re feeling lazy—it happens, we would know. Just say it’s tomato cream sauce and call it a day.
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