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Dinner In a Snap with Jarred Pasta Sauce
You are less than thirty minutes away from dinner!
One of my favorite quick meals is cooking up some pasta and finishing it in some great sauce, homemade or store bought.
Even if you aren’t up for making a quick homemade sauce for a weeknight dinner, there are some excellent jarred pasta sauces out in the world, such as this All Natural Marinara from Barilla.
Fresh Tasting Jarred Pasta Sauce
Not all jarred pasta sauces are created equal. Here are a few I find really delicious and worth using, either straight up or “doctored” a bit.
How To Make Vodka Sauce from Marinara Sauce
You can actually buy jarred vodka sauce, but it’s so easy to turn a jarred or homemade marinara into vodka sauce, I usually just do it myself. Here’s how it works:
- Heat oil and pepper flake.
- Add marinara and heat.
- Add vodka and reduce a few minutes.
- Stir in cream cheese and Pecorino Romano.
And now, on to the creamy vodka sauce recipe. I promise you’ll love it.Easy Creamy Vodka Sauce | Dinner will be ready in 20 minutes. Honest!
Restaurant-Style Vodka Sauce
If you’re interested in a more old-school “pink sauce’ you might find at your favorite Italian trattoria, please give my “How to Make Vodka Sauce” post a look.
What If I Don’t Have Heavy Cream?
Most vodka sauce is made with heavy cream. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have heavy cream on hand. But what I do almost always have on hand is cream cheese, and that’s the secret ingredient in my easy vodka sauce, although I guess it isn’t a secret anymore!
What If I Don’t Drink? What Can I Substitute for the Vodka?
No worries if you don’t have vodka in the house. You can still make a very flavorful sauce by just adding a bit of stock in place of the vodka. It won’t be exactly the same as if you used vodka, but it will still be creamy and delicious!
Easy Creamy Vodka Sauce Recipe
If this creamy vodka sauce sounds good to you, please rate it and/or leave a comment. I love hearing from readers! If you make it, and I really hope you do, please share a photo with me either on Instagram, tagging @onlinepastrychef and using hashtag #pcorecipe or in the Pastry Chef Online Facebook group. I can’t wait to see your version!
If you make your sauce while your pasta water is coming to a boil and while your pasta is cooking, I promise you dinner can be on the table in about 20 minutes! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the Creamy Vodka Sauce
To Finish and Serve
To Finish and Serve
If you make your sauce while your pasta water is coming to a boil and while your pasta is cooking, I promise you dinner can be on the table in about 20 minutes!
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Other Easy Dinner Recipes To Try
Want some more easy dinner ideas? Try one of these recipes:
Thank you so much for spending some time with me and with Barilla®. I know you’ll enjoy the creamy vodka sauce as much as we are loving it here at home.
Take care, and have a lovely day.