If you just made a big batch of homemade vodka sauce, you're probably wondering if you can freeze vodka sauce. Well, the answer is yes! Freezing vodka sauce is a fantastic option when you have leftover vodka sauce or made a large batch of vodka sauce. I will explain to you the best way to freeze it, store it, and thaw it for when you're ready to make a delicious meal! After all, can you ever have too much vodka sauce?
We all know that homemade pasta sauce is a million times better than store-bought. However, it is annoying that whenever you're craving pasta, homemade vodka sauce isn't easily accessible. Well, that is why learning how to freeze your homemade vodka sauce will be a lifesaver!
Good news, I am here to teach you how to store vodka sauce, how to properly freeze it, how to thaw it, and even share my favorite homemade vodka sauce recipe! That way next time you make your favorite pasta you can have freshly made sauce ready to be poured on top.
what is vodka sauce? 🍅
Vodka sauce is one of the most popular creamy sauces in the world. Its simple ingredients of whole tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings, and of course vodka make it the perfect creamy tomato sauce. Vodka is added to add a bit of heat and zing to the sauce, however, the alcohol content burns out when cooking. The flavors of the sauce are a little spicy from the red pepper and alcohol, but so rich and decadent from the reduced tomatoes.
can you freeze vodka sauce? 🧊
Yes! Freezing vodka sauce for later use is an amazing idea to ensure you always have fresh vodka sauce on hand. This allows you to make large batches of homemade sauce. There are a couple of different ways to store vodka sauce for best results. Vodka sauce freezes very well when stored correctly and can last a long time.
how long is vodka sauce good for? 🗓️
As a general rule, vodka sauce is good for up to 5 days in the fridge. The frozen sauce can last up to 6 months in the freezer! It is important when saving leftover sauce that it is stored correctly so that it doesn't go bad quickly.
how to store vodka sauce
You can store leftover pasta sauce in the freezer or the fridge. Two methods are best for storing leftover sauce to prevent freezer burn. Both methods just take a few simple steps to ensure ice crystals don't form and the texture of the sauce stays the same.
The first way is to store the vodka sauce in a sealed container. You can use a jar, Tupperware, or any airtight container you have on hand. Double-check that the container you choose is a freezer-safe container. This is a great way to freeze sauce because it requires little effort to thaw it when ready to use. Just be sure to not add too much sauce to the container since the sauce will expand when frozen.
The second way is to store the vodka sauce in a freezer bag. This is a good idea because a freezer-safe bag is designed to withstand a long time in the freezer. It can also store a lot of sauce at a time. For good results, ensure all of the excess air is removed when storing, or else the sauce will become icy when frozen. Also, bring the sauce to room temperature before storing it to make sure it does not melt the bag.
how to thaw frozen vodka sauce ♨️
Thawing frozen sauce is a simple process! If stored in a container, the sauce can simply be left on the counter for a couple of hours to defrost. If stored in a freezer bag, it can be placed in the sink or a bowl of cold water until thawed. The better option is to thaw the sauce overnight in the fridge.
The frozen sauce can also be partially thawed and then reheated on the stovetop. Simply add the sauce to a hot pan on medium heat and whisk until completely defrosted. If the sauce separated at all when freezing and thawing, you can blend it again using an immersion blender or food processor.
what to make with homemade vodka sauce 🍝
What makes a good pasta recipe turn into a great recipe is my homemade vodka sauce from fresh tomatoes! It is seriously the best creamy vodka sauce recipe you will ever try. The creamy texture and bold flavor make it the perfect addition to a variety of dishes. It is a hundred times better than any pre-made vodka sauce!
Hot vodka sauce is so delicious on any fresh pasta! It can be added to penne pasta to make penne vodka, which is a very popular dish using vodka sauce. You can add the delicious sauce to short pasta like rigatoni or even long pasta like fettuccine and the noodles will soak up the silky tomato sauce. A vodka sauce pasta dish tastes extra special and makes every meal feel like a special occasion.
It is even a good sauce to add to pizza! It adds a touch of spiciness that standard pizza sauce doesn't have. Top the pizza with fresh basil and you'll have a masterpiece! Vodka sauce also compliments the meat very well and can easily be adapted to a vodka meat sauce by adding ground beef or sausage.
vodka sauce faqs ❓
How to make vodka sauce creamier?
- To make vodka sauce creamier you can add more heavy cream or a little pasta water. This will make the consistency super velvety and luscious. Also if your vodka sauce has any chunks, you can puree it at the end using an immersion blender or regular blender.
What does vodka sauce taste like?
- Vodka sauce tastes like a rich tomato sauce with a little bit of heat. The decadent cream and parmesan in the sauce give your mouth a luscious silky feel. While the acidic tomatoes make for a super jammy sauce!
Is the alcohol burned off in vodka sauce?
- Yes. While the vodka sauce simmers after adding the vodka the alcohol content in the spirit burns out of the sauce. This is why vodka sauce is safe for kids. However, you can also substitute the vodka in vodka sauce for lemon juice. This will give a similar acidic flavor without any alcohol.
Why is vodka sauce pink?
- The vodka sauce is pink due to the combination of tomato puree and heavy cream. When those components mix they create a gorgeous muted pink or orange hue. Vodka sauce is often referred to as pink sauce.