This recipe is the Best Vodka Sauce out there! This recipe is made in the Instant Pot, so it takes only a few minutes and zero effort to throw together. And it is 100% delicious. You can make this recipe with Pappardelle Noodles or penne!
In my family, we always grew up eating Palomino Sauce, but I had never had (or even heard of) Vodka Sauce.
As it turns out, the two sauces are almost identical, save for the fact that vodka sauce has a small addition of vodka (surprise, surprise)! Readers have left my palomino sauce recipe rave reviews. So I tested a few minor edits and modifications to bring you its cousin, the best Vodka Sauce!
It’s creamy, cheesy, and so dang easy to throw together. I think you’re really going to love it!
Does Vodka Sauce Taste Like Vodka?
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know that I’m not really a drinker. I have a few drink recipes that I like, but for the most part, I tend to stay away from the taste of alcohol.
This Vodka Sauce doesn’t taste like vodka, whatsoever! It is a delicious blend between heavy cream and marinara sauce, making a creamy tomato with an extra pop of flavor from the Vodka Sauce.
Can Vodka Sauce Get You Drunk?
When I was researching commonly asked questions centered around Vodka Sauce, I came across this question quite often.
The heat in the Instant Pot burns the alcohol out of the vodka, and just leaves behind the flavor of a vodka sauce (that, no, does not taste like vodka!).
If you make a recipe with alcohol that is NOT heated, it (theoretically) is possible to get drunk. You’d probably have to eat like 12 pans of this tiramisu recipe in order to start feeling the effects of the alcohol.
Even if you could get drunk from this recipe, the same reigns true here. Due to the small amount of alcohol in this recipe, you’d have to eat an inhuman amount of pasta in order to get drunk.
What Pasta Goes with this Recipe?
I love twirly noodles, so when I make this recipe, I tend to make it with pappardelle noodles, as you can see in my recipe below!
I love that the pappardelle noodles are thick and hearty, and that they can hold so much sauce!
Admittedly, however, pappardelle noodles are not the typical type of pasta served with vodka sauce. If you’ve ever heard of Penne alla Vodka, you’ll know that, usually, Penne noodles are eaten with vodka sauce.
If you’d like to make this recipe with penne noodles instead of pappardelle noodles, you can definitely do that! Take caution, though, because Penne noodles have a different cook time than Pappardelle noodles in the Instant Pot!
The Pappardelle noodles take a 6 minute high cook time with a 6 minute natural pressure release to cook through. Penne, on the other hand, has a cook time of 3 minutes with Quick Release.
You can taste the pasta at the end. If you think it needs a longer cook time, you can throw it back in the pot for another minute or two.
If you’re cooking a different type of pasta outside of Penne or Pappardelle make sure to do some research on that pasta’s cook time before jumping in. The sauce will turn out the same regardless of a differing cook time.
I also like to use HemisFares brand Reginelle Lacy Ribbon Pasta.
What Ingredients are in This Recipe?
Dry pappardelle noodles
Grated parmesan cheese
How to Make The Best Vodka Sauce Recipe
In your Instant Pot, add the chicken broth, heavy cream, marinara sauce, vodka, garlic, salt, pepper, and noodles. Do not mix the sauce, but make sure that your noodles are as covered as possible by the liquid ingredients.
Set your Instant Pot to manual HIGH for 6 minutes. Once the pressure has built and the Instant Pot has cooked for 6 minutes, allow 6 minutes of a natural pressure release. Then quick release the rest of the pressure.
Open the lid of the instant pot and allow the steam to clear. Then, add the grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix until the cheese melts and makes the sauce thicker. Enjoy!
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If you liked this recipe, you may also like these other recipes I picked out just for you:
- Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
- Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo
- Israeli Couscous Recipe
- Thai Peanut Noodles in the Instant Pot
- Creamy Beef and Shells in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Vodka Sauce
- Pressure Cooker
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
- ¼ cup vodka
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 lb dry pappardelle noodles I used HemisFares Reginelle linked in Notes, but you can use any brand of hearty pasta
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- In your Instant Pot, add the chicken broth, heavy cream, marinara sauce, vodka, garlic, salt, pepper, and noodles. Do not mix the sauce, but make sure that your noodles are as covered as possible by the liquid ingredients.
- Set your Instant Pot to manual HIGH for 6 minutes. Once the pressure has built and the Instant Pot has cooked for 6 minutes, allow 6 minutes of a natural pressure release. Then quick release the rest of the pressure.
- Open the lid of the instant pot and allow the steam to clear. Then, add the grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix until the cheese melts and makes the sauce thicker. Enjoy!
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you thought of this recipe.