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Definitely cannot leave out the lemon zest because it adds to the flavoring. Overall, it was very bland. I would recommend adding about 3 tbs of brown sugar, 2 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of seasoning salt, and 1tsp of Slap Ya Mama seasoning.
Made a few alterations (substituted light cream for heavy, and used two pounds of shrimp) , but, for the most part I followed the recipe as written. It was great. Very simple to prepare.
Made this for dinner tonight, added 1/2 cup bell pepper. In all it was very good. The lemon was a little over powering. Will make it again, but will cut the lemon by 1/2.
Overall, we loved this dish. Since others commented that it was bland, I added chopped bell pepper and garnished with basil. I also added a little honey to the tomatoes (always do) which cuts the acid a bit. Very good.
It was ok. I think the sauce would be more bland if I didn’t use crushed tomatoes with basil. Also, the shrimp flavor dominated. I added a ton of parmesan and parsley to take away from that. Next time I make the sauce I won’t use shrimp…maybe serve on the side of chicken topped with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella.
Too much sauce for just 12 ounces of pasta. Did you mean 1 – 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of a 28 oz can?
Hi, Jalil! We prefer this recipe with a 28-ounce can of tomatoes, but if you prefer less sauce, then you can absolutely use a 14-ounce can. Enjoy!
Actually my bad. I spoke before I even took a bite. It was GREAT
This is one of my favorite recipes on the site. It is so delish! Tonight I used a mix of a fresh heirloom tomato and some homemade tomato sauce. My favorite cream is bell weather creme fraiche. And of course wild caught Mexican shrimp. Doesn’t come any better! I love your website Elise! Thank you for your inspiration!
I’m so glad you like ti Hermien! Can’t beat a homemade tomato sauce with heirloom tomatoes, right?
I would like to serve this at a dinner buffet. Should I put it on a big serving platter or individually plate it?
Hi Maureen, I think either will work.
I made this tonight and I loved the taste! I accidentally used diced tomatoes so I felt it came out a little watery. Is the sauce supposed to be thick or watery consistency?
Hi, Jonesey! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. When you make it with crushed tomatoes, the sauce is on the thinner side, but should still be thick enough to coat the pasta (similar to the consistency of tomato soup?). If you used diced tomatoes from a can, then yes, I think it probably would turn out a little more watery. Glad you liked the flavor either way!
Made this meal last night and it was easy, quick and DELICIOUS. I’ve recently cut out milk from my diet so I used Full Fat Coconut Milk (1:1 ratio) as a substitute for the heavy whipping cream and it turned out wonderfully! I cannot wait to make this again. Next-day leftovers were just as, if not more, delicious. I also used Bucatini pasta but that’s just because I have a weird love for Bucatini. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!
I made this tonight and did my best to follow the recipe as written. It was excellent! My entire family enjoyed it – even my picky 7 year old. Everyone raved! Will definitely make it again.
Add grated parmesan and/or romano at the last minute when tossing…at least a couple tablespoons
Sounds delish! Would this be safe to eat if reheated and kept in a thermos for lunch the next day?
Hi Threek, my guess is that it is probably not a good idea.
Leftovers would be totally safe to eat for lunch the next day provided the leftovers were properly refrigerated overnight and kept in airtight container. I would let it rise to room tempthe next morning so use use less reheat time. The issue won;t be a health hazard as much as rubber shrimp when reheating
I made this for a dinner party last night to rave reviews. It is that perfect balance of “special” and “small time investment” that I seek out as a hostess. I would not change a thing about the recipe! (Oh, and be sure to make enough for leftovers!)
The first time I had vodka sauce was at a Italian restaurant on my daughter’s b day. I loved it. I followed your recipe some what. The garlic, I used shallots to replace the onions. I bought a jar of Classico spaghetti sauce, with tomato and basil. Then added the vodka and cream. It was like homemade, but less time.
I tried this recipe last week. Oh boy my family and I enjoyed it so much…. I used diced fresh lobster tail instead of shrimps…the vodka did the trick.. Thank you for this recipe :)
In my house I would have to spoon out the cooked shrimp before tossing the pasta with the sauce. Then carefully add back the cooked shrimp making sure that each plate gets the exact same number of shrimp. This helps to avoid hearing the “petty” person say, “Hey! He got more shrimp than I did!” (note: I’m usually that person!) Yeah, I actually do that will all shrimp and pasta dishes.
I just sat down to try my own. I halved the recipe, but I think I put just a bit too much red pepper. However, I think it cuts the sauce nicely and I’m noticing the lemon zest is creating a wonderful depth of flavor. I will make this again!
DELICIOUS! So easy and quick to prepare.
We first had pasta in creamy vodka sauce a few years ago at an Italian restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. The pasta – large ravioli. No shrimp. But the sauce was fabulous.
The closest I’ve come to it (for dinners in a hurry) is Trader Joe’s Creamy Tomato and Basil Sauce. And I suppose I could add some vodka to that when I haven’t time to make from scratch.
Just bought a 2# bag of frozen shrimp. Will be trying this recipe very soon…and the fettucini sounds better than penne.