While most vodka sauce recipes feature the same core ingredients, you’ll find that many chefs have their own version of the dish. Mario Carbone, the chef and restaurateur behind his namesake Italian eatery in New York City, for example, adds a dash of chili peppers to his famous vodka sauce for a spicy kick. Ina Garten, on the other hand, adds sautéed yellow onion and prefers to bake the sauce to bring out the flavors.
But Ray’s intoxicating pasta dressing is certainly worth whipping up, either for your dinner date or for yourself. According to the celebrity chef’s recipe, which she shared with the Food Network, you’ll want to start by sautéing oil, butter, garlic, and shallots in a pan before adding a cup of vodka. When it reduces after a few minutes, you can add crushed tomatoes and your secret ingredient, chicken stock, to the mix. After it sufficiently simmers, mix in the heavy cream.
Finally, once you toss the sauce with your choice of perfectly al dente pasta, the last step comes with the addition of fresh basil leaves. Then, simply present the pasta on your plate, top it with grated parmesan, and prepare to steal some hearts.