My obsession with pasta continues! I’m very nostalgic about this recipe for vodka sauce because it is actually the first dish I ever cooked completely on my own when I moved into my first apartment at age 23. It was around the time of my birthday and my sister put together the best gift for me ever. She compiled all of my favorite recipes from growing up and put them in a book for me, and then put together a huge basket full of a bunch of the ingredients needed to make them. I was floored, and it was the first step in me really discovering my culinary voice while holding on to family traditions. 10 years later and I’m still not tired of this dish!
The vodka sauce came together in two stages. First, the aromatics of diced tomatoes and onion simmered for 25 minutes to really develop flavor.
The second stage was to add the heavy cream, vodka, salt and crushed red pepper. It became a gorgeous, pretty pink color that I loved. Call me girly!
During the last 5 or so minutes of cooking time, the crab meat went in and gently poached in the vodka sauce to cook through. Crab meat cooks so quickly! In the meantime, I had boiled a pound of rotini pasta.
I just scooped a big old portion into a bowl and sprinkled lots of freshly grated parmesan on top. This is an easy and incredible dish that’s really special to me, so I hope you enjoy! It’s perfect to feed a crowd and fancy enough for entertaining. You could also put the vodka sauce on pizza, or swap out the crabmeat for shrimp or pre-cooked chicken. Have fun playing with it, and Buon Appetito! xoxo