Learn How to Make a Light, Homemade Vodka Sauce


Italian fare offers a number of tasty meals equally as satiating as they are bad for you. Yeah, it’s not exactly cuisine that’s traditionally “fit friendly.” And the vodka sauce, arguably the most popular accouterments to any pasta, certainly does Italian food no favors when it comes to promoting a healthy lifestyle.

 Heavy cream and oil are enough to make the fat content light up any caloric scoreboard. Add in the star of the dish, vodka, which can often feature loads of added sugar, and most fit-focused socialites steer clear of the vodka sauce. But we’re here to offer an alternative, one that uses more fit-friendly ingredients to net a sauce that’s a mere 133 calories per serving:



·         2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

·         1/2 onion, diced

·         1/2 cup of vodka

·         1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes

·         1 tbsp. tomato paste

·         1 tbsp. salt

·         3 cloves garlic, minced

·         1 tsp dried basil

·         1/2 tsp. dried oregano

·         3.5 oz half and half

·         4 oz fat-free half and half




1.    Heat up olive oil over a medium flame; add onions until softened for 3 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute

2.    Mix in tomatoes and vodka and set cook time to 6 minutes until reduction, and stir every now and then.

3.  Add in tomato paste, salt, and 3 minced cloves of garlic. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes until reduction is by half and stir occasionally.

4.    Transfer tomato mixture to a food processor or blender, add basil, and puree until smooth in texture. Put sauce back in pan and stir in with fat-free half and half. Mix together onion mixture for 15-20 minutes, stir consistently while pouring together. Cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat while stirring frequently, then lower heat to low for 10 minutes, stir occasionally.

5.    Voila! You have yourself a low-calorie vodka sauce that you can incorporate into your favorite pasta dishes.


Anthony Augusto