In a large saucepan, heat the oil. But here’s the thing—you haven’t really had vodka sauce until you’ve made it yourself at home. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof sauté pan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. When the pasta is ready (make sure it is al dente), drain it in a colander, but reserve some pasta water. oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium. If this is a weeknight meal, I just serve it from the pot, and add a little sauce to each plate. Wow! of crushed red pepper flakes along with the vodka. Add diced pancetta to a sauce pan and cook over medium/high heat until browned and crispy. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. Continue on with recipe as written below. You’ve probably heard of it, maybe you’ve ordered it in a restaurant, or even bought it in a jar to eat at home. Continue on with recipe as written below. Preparation. Once Vodka Sauce is done and the cream and basil is added, gently stir in cooked shrimp. Great sauce! Vodka sauce. Add the pasta to the vodka sauce and stir well. After one taste you’ll agree that this is the best penne alla vodka recipe, ever! Sauté the pancetta, garlic and crushed red pepper over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and lower heat to medium. I cut the recipe in half and sauteed three cloves of minced garlic along with the onion in the butter then added 1/4 tsp. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Vodka Sauce with Pancetta . Nothing compares to the lusciously creamy pink sauce that this vodka sauce recipe yields.