Vodka Pasta Sauce with Smoked Salmon

Vodka Pasta Sauce with Smoked Salmon


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Vodka sauce, sometimes called pink sauce, is jazzed up with the addition of a little diced smoked salmon. A great romantic dinner for two!


Serves: 2 

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 60g diced smoked salmon
  • 4 tablespoons (80ml) vodka
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons (100g) passata
  • 4 tablespoons(80ml) thickened cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tablespoon dried crushed chillies

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. In a large saucepan sauté butter and onion with the smoked salmon. Once the pan begins to lightly smoke, pull away from heat and add the vodka.
  2. When the vodka has burned off, return the sauce to heat and mix in the tomato, passata and cream.
  3. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg and chilli. Reduce sauce to desired consistency; serve tossed with penne.

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Reviews (6)


Nice boozy pasta for two for sure! I didnt have the cream so didnt use it...maybe the cream might have toned the vodka taste down a bit? I say, halve the vodka, the taste was just a bit overpowering, then you've got a nice sharp pasta dish. - 15 Feb 2011


Used different ingredients. I found this recipe to be wonderful with my home-made smoked salmon but, very, very rich. I subsituted single cream for the double cream. The cayene pepper gave it just the right bite and the more you simmer, the thicker the sauce. No need to simmer the vodka down off of the hob however....just turn the burner down low, it still works! - 21 Jul 2008


My husband and I really enjoyed this meal. I started out with a pretty deep sauce pot and was able to burn the Vodka by removing the pot from the heat and lighting it with a match. We'll definitely have this one again. - 21 Jul 2008

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