If you love vodka sauce, then you need to know what ingredients and foods go with it!
Vodka sauce is a rich and creamy tomato sauce that is made with vodka, cream, and tomatoes.
It is the perfect sauce for pasta, chicken, fish, and vegetables.
So if you are wondering what to serve with vodka sauce, whether you are looking for a simple food, a main dish or side dish, then you are in the right place.
I’m sharing 31 of the best ingredients and foods that go with vodka sauce including pasta, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and more.
What Goes with Vodka Sauce?
There are many things that go well with vodka sauce. Some examples include chicken, shrimp, pasta, rice, and vegetables. For a more complete meal, you could also add a salad and some bread.
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Here are 31 foods that go well with vodka sauce:
One of the best things you can do with vodka sauce is make pasta!
It’s super easy to make, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover vodka you may have in the fridge.
Just cook some noodles and add your choice of ingredients—like olive oil, garlic, or even parmesan cheese!
You can also add additional spices to the sauce if you want something different than plain pasta.
Vodka sauce is best when paired with meat, such as seared steak or a burger.
It pairs well with many types of meats, but it’s particularly good with lean cuts that are well-seasoned.
If you’re cooking for a crowd, it’s best to cook your meat at a lower temperature so that it doesn’t become too dry.
Seafood goes wonderfully with this sauce.
You can use any type of seafood you like, but my favorite is shrimp.
Shrimp is very easy to cook, and it’s also very inexpensive compared to other kinds of seafood.
Vegetables are great for adding some color and flavor to your vodka sauce, but they also help make up for any lacking flavors in the sauce itself.
Try using a combination of carrots and celery sticks, or even green beans if you’re trying to cut down on calories.
I like to have a salad with vodka sauce as a side.
I think this is the best way to do it because you can add your own toppings and make it your own.
You can also use different types of greens and different flavors of dressing for each salad.
You can also add more vegetables if you want more flavor or protein in your meal, but this is optional.
Just remember to use as many vegetables as possible!
Vodka sauce is the perfect pairing for all kinds of bread.
You can use it on everything from pumpernickel to rye.
If you want to get fancy, go for a crusty loaf with a slight crunch.
You’ll want to choose a crusty loaf that’s dense enough to stand up to the sauce without falling apart—that way, it won’t lose its shape when you dunk it in the sauce.
If you’re looking for something more basic, try using just plain white bread in your favorite vodka sauce recipe.
The result will be similar but not identical—the difference will be that your bread will have less flavor and texture than if you’d used something like pumpernickel or rye, so you may need to add some extra ingredients (like herbs or garlic) to make up for that deficit.
But still delicious!
Rice is a food that’s easy to make, and it’s also a good choice for those who don’t like vegetables.
It’s delicious and versatile, so you can use it in lots of different ways.
The key to making rice go well with vodka sauce is to make sure that you’re using the right kind of rice and cooking it just right.
You’ll want to get rid of any excess water when you cook your rice, so that the grains stay separated when they’re finished cooking.
You should always let your rice cool before adding it to anything else—this will help keep it from getting soggy or mushy.
When adding your vodka sauce to your finished dish, it’s best not to add too much at once—you don’t want all those flavors muddying each other up! Instead, mix the sauce in with a spoonful or two of cooked rice at first, and then add more as needed until everything tastes perfect together.
Potatoes are flavorful, and when combined with the vodka sauce, they add a nice touch to any meal—whether you’re eating them as an appetizer or for lunch.
They’re also great for breaking up the monotony of a meal, so that you don’t feel like you have to eat plain pasta every day.
They have a great texture, and are easy to cook.
There are lots of different types of noodles, but some are better than others when it comes to vodka sauce.
For example, egg noodles work better than spaghetti because they soak up more vodka sauce and can be cut into smaller pieces.
Also, make sure that your noodles are cooked properly before adding them to your saucepan.
You don’t want them to be too crunchy or too al dente—just right!
Oh, and use fresh ingredients—they’ll taste better and be less expensive than store-bought sauces or spices.
For example, if you don’t have fresh ginger on hand already chopped up, try using pre-chopped ginger instead (it’s about half as expensive).
When it comes to vodka sauce, you can’t go wrong with a classic casserole that’s been around forever.
You’ll have the right flavors and textures, plus the sweet and savory combination of pork, potatoes, and cheese.
It’s easy to put together—you just need some good ingredients and your trusty oven.
Pizza is a great food to go with vodka sauce.
It’s easy to make, fun to eat, and can be customized in so many ways—from the type of cheese you use to how many toppings you add.
The best part about pizza is that it’s versatile.
You can make it with whatever ingredients you have on hand or would like to try: tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach—you name it!
There are also some amazing pizzas out there that are made with vegetables instead of meat.
If you’re thinking about trying out a new kind of pizza for the first time, I’d recommend starting with something simple like a plain cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza first before moving on to something more adventurous like shrimp pizza or veggie-based pizzas (like my favorite: tofu!).
Sandwiches are the perfect food to pair with vodka sauce!
They’re not as heavy as pastas, but they still have that hearty feel that you want in a meal.
And the sauce is so creamy and rich—it’s like a dip for your sandwich!
I love how versatile sandwiches are, too.
You can make them with any kind of bread (or no bread at all), and there’s so many different kinds of meat, cheese, veggies and spreads to choose from.
It’s super easy to make your own signature sandwich creation too—you don’t need to follow any recipe or get caught up in what everyone else is doing.
Just start experimenting!
The easiest way to make sandwiches is just by spreading some butter on both sides of your bread, layering on whatever toppings you like best, then putting it in a pan over medium heat until the bottom side gets crispy brown while the other side gets warm enough to melt all your layers together into one delicious bite.
If you’re making more than one sandwich at once, just flip them halfway through so they cook evenly on both sides.
But if you’re only making one at a time, just flip it when it looks done enough for you!
I love wraps! I think they’re one of the best ways to enjoy a great meal while also getting in your veggies.
Wraps are also great for parties because they’re easy to make ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about cooking when everyone arrives at your house!
They’re also a great way to use up leftovers from previous meals or nights out with friends, so don’t let those leftovers go to waste!
I love a good burrito: they’re delicious, filling, and easy to make.
The best part about them is that you can completely customize them with whatever ingredients you like.
If you’re looking for something that has more of a Mexican flair, try adding some jalapenos or cilantro.
Or if you want something more Italian-inspired, throw some sausage in there!
The great thing about burritos is how versatile they are—you can put just about anything in them!
They’re also extremely easy to make at home—you just need some tortillas (which are pretty cheap!), shredded cheese (again, pretty cheap!), maybe some meat if you want meat in your burritos (also really cheap!).
And then just add whatever else you want: beans or rice or salsa or sour cream…the options are endless!
So if you’re looking for a quick meal that’s easy on your wallet and still tastes delicious?
Get yourself some tortillas and fill ’em up with whatever sounds good to you!
Tacos are a great food to pair with vodka sauce.
They’re both delicious, and they’re also both easy to make.
If you’re having a party and want to throw it together quickly, this is the dish for you.
First of all, tacos are all about the flavor.
You can use any kind of meat you like, and any type of sauce or salsa will taste delicious on top of your taco shell.
The only thing you have to worry about is texture—if you use too much meat or too many toppings, your taco will be impossible to eat without making a mess!
But don’t worry: if you make sure to use a soft shell taco and keep your toppings light, it’ll be easy as pie (or rather, easy as tacos!)
If you’re looking for a good food to pair with vodka sauce, I recommend trying out a quesadilla.
The quesadilla is a simple dish made of melted cheese between two pieces of grilled tortillas.
It has a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
The flavor of the cheese brings out the flavor of the sauce in its own way, but it also provides a different texture than the sauce itself.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are lots of ways to customize your quesadillas!
You can add slices of avocado or jalapeños to boost their healthfulness and add some spice, or use different types of cheese (like cheddar or pepper jack) for more variety in your dish.
- To make sure your quesadillas turn out right, start by heating up your grill so it’s nice and hot before you put on your tortillas.
- Then brush both sides with oil before putting them on the grill until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides (this should take just 2-3 minutes).
For this particular recipe, I recommend using an aged cheddar cheese since it has more depth and richness than other cheeses—but feel free to try different combinations!
There are a lot of things that go well with vodka sauce, but I think enchiladas might be my favorite.
The texture of the enchilada is soft and kind of stretchy, which makes it a perfect compliment to the vodka sauce’s smooth and creamy texture.
The flavor of the enchilada really comes through when you cook it into the sauce, so it’s important not to overcook it or else it will get too tough.
I like to use corn tortillas because they give me a little more flexibility in how much time I spend cooking them—I can just throw them in there while I’m making everything else and they’ll work just fine!
The ingredients you can use are pretty flexible as well; you can use any kind of vegetable or meat that works for your diet or tastes.
Just make sure there aren’t any weird ingredients in there (like dairy!) so they don’t clash with the vodka sauce’s flavor profile!
One tip: If you’re going out with friends who aren’t vegetarians/vegans/etc., try going ahead and making a vegetarian version for yourself so you have something to eat that doesn’t contain animal products.
Calzone is one of my all-time favorite foods.
I know it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking to try something new and you like pizza, this is a great recipe to try!
This dish has a lot of different textures—the crust will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside; the cheese will melt in your mouth; the sauce will be hot and spicy; and the veggies will add crunchy contrast to everything else.
Calzone is delicious with vodka sauce because it has more flavor than tomato sauce and pairs well with any combination of meat or vegetables that you want to put in there!
This recipe is also perfect for game nights because you can make several different kinds at once: one with pepperoni, one with sausage, one with veggies…
There are lots of possibilities!
19. Stuffed Peppers
I love vodka sauce, and I love stuffed peppers, too.
So when I found out that one of my favorite dishes goes well with another?
Well, I was ecstatic.
Stuffed peppers are great because they’re easy to make and they’re a little bit adventurous: you get all the flavor of a stuffed pepper without having to peel all those vegetables (which can be kind of intimidating).
If you want to get fancy with your stuffed peppers, try cutting up some fresh herbs and adding them in—it’s so good!
I also recommend trying out different types of stuffed peppers.
You could do sweet peppers or red bell peppers; both will taste just as great! Vodka sauce goes really well with both kinds!
Lasagna is one of the most versatile foods.
I can’t think of many other dishes that can be eaten at any time of day, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.
It’s also really easy to make!
Vodka sauce goes well with lasagna because it adds a richness to the dish that works so well with the layers of noodles, cheese, and meat in between.
If you’re looking for a different flavor profile for your lasagna, try using chicken stock instead of water when making your sauce.
The extra saltiness will give your lasagna more depth without overpowering all of the other flavors in your dish!
You can use any kind of meat or vegetable combination you like in your lasagnas—they’re all delicious!
But if you want something new and exciting, try adding some different cheeses like smoked gouda or goat cheese (I love goat cheese!).
You could also add some dried herbs into the mix if you want something savory; basil would work great!
Stuffed mushrooms are easy to make, they’re loaded with flavor, and they can be as easy or as complicated as you want them to be!
You can make them using simple ingredients like ground beef or chicken, or get fancy and use more expensive cuts of meat like elk steaks or bison burgers.
You can also use different types of mushrooms for different flavors.
For example, Shiitake mushrooms have a fruity taste that goes well with savory dishes like this one.
But if you’re looking for something a little sweeter (or maybe just plain old chocolatey), try using portobello mushrooms instead.
Both varieties are delicious in this dish!
And don’t forget—the most important thing when it comes to cooking is making sure your food is cooked through so it doesn’t end up being mushy in the center.
Make sure your heat reaches all sides of each piece of mushroom before removing from heat so it stays crispy on the outside while staying soft on the inside!
I also love stuffed zucchini boats because they’re a great way to get your kids to eat veggies without them even realizing it.
You can stuff them with anything you’d like—my favorite is chicken parmesan filling.
But there are endless possibilities: you could use a traditional tomato sauce or pesto instead of vodka sauce if you prefer those flavors; or maybe even try a combination of the two!
Stuffed zucchini boats are also great because they’re pretty low-key: they don’t require too much prep time (just some chopping), and the hardest part is probably getting all the stuffing into those tiny little boats without spilling any over the sides!
They’re super fun to make as well—you can get pretty creative with what kind of ingredients go inside each boat…
23. Stuffed Tomatoes
Stuffed tomatoes are perfect because they have a nice texture and they’re packed with flavor, so they’ll take on the flavor of your vodka sauce without being overpowered by it.
Plus, they’re really easy to make!
- Just hollow out some cherry tomatoes and stuff them with whatever your heart desires (I like using goat cheese).
- Then bake them until they’re soft but not mushy.
They’re also great for days when you want something simple and satisfying but don’t have a lot of time or energy.
You can make them in advance and keep them in the fridge until you need them—they’ll stay fresh for several days at room temperature too (but if they do get soggy after being stored overnight, just microwave them for 10 seconds before serving).
24. Grilled Vegetables
I love a good vodka sauce, but I also love to mix it up!
I’ve been experimenting with a new recipe lately that’s super easy, and it always gets me compliments when I serve it to guests.
The only catch is that you have to be adventurous: you have to use vegetables.
But don’t worry—even if you’re not the most confident cook, this recipe is really simple.
- Just grab some tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers and carrots (you can use any combination of those) and grill them until they’re nice and crispy on the outside but still tender on the inside.
- Then slice them up and serve them over your favorite type of pasta with some olive oil drizzled over top before serving.
It sounds crazy at first—but trust me when I say that these grilled veggies taste amazing with vodka sauce!
And even if you don’t think you’re ready for grilled veggies just yet… maybe give it a try once?
You might surprise yourself!
Kabobs are easy to make, and they’re fun to eat.
They’re also a great way to use up leftovers in your fridge!
You can use any ingredients you like—I just recommend sticking to veggies and lean proteins, like tofu or chicken breast.
The key is to skewer them vertically on a stick, so you get all the flavors mingling together.
It’s also important to keep everything balanced: if you have a lot of veggies, add more meat; if you have a lot of meat, add more veggies; etc.
You can serve them as an appetizer or a main course—just make sure you’ve got plenty of napkins around because they will get messy!
Skewers are great for summertime barbecues and get-togethers because they’re easy to eat and share.
Plus, they’re perfect for outdoor cooking—you don’t have to worry about spilling sauce all over your plate!
All you need is some tasty meat or vegetables, some skewers, and your favorite vodka sauce recipe.
Of course, there are lots of ways to make skewers: You can use metal or wooden skewers; long ones or short ones; thick ones or thin ones; whatever type of skewer you want!
As long as they’re sturdy enough to hold whatever you’re grilling up, they’ll do just fine.
If you’re looking for a good starting point with your skewers, try using chicken breasts cut into cubes instead of whole pieces—it’s much easier to cook evenly this way!
I also recommend marinating them in a little bit of olive oil before putting them on the grill so that they won’t dry out too quickly while cooking.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, try making chicken satay skewers—they’re delicious!
You can also use shrimp or beef instead of chicken if you want (or even mix them all together).
Fajitas are a great food to pair with vodka sauce because they’re spicy and flavorful, but they also have a nice texture that complements the creaminess of the sauce.
The more you cook fajitas, the more experience you’ll get with the ingredients and techniques that work best for your tastes—so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Some tips for making fajitas:
- Don’t be afraid to use any kind of meat or veggies you have in your fridge. Chicken, steak, pork—whatever! Just make sure it’s cut into strips so it cooks evenly.
- If you do want to use beef or chicken, try marinating them for at least an hour before frying them up. This will help give them more flavor and prevent them from drying out during cooking time.
- If you want to make your own guacamole instead of buying pre-made guacamole (which is totally fine), try adding some lime juice or cilantro into your recipe—those two things go really well together with guacamole!
- You can make this dish on a weeknight when you’re feeling hungry but don’t want anything heavy; just make sure you have enough time to cook it!
- This dish will take at least 30 minutes from start to finish, so make sure that you have enough time before sitting down and eating it.
28. Burrito Bowls
I’m a big fan of burrito bowls, and I think they go really well with this tomato-based sauce.
For one thing, they’re super flavorful—the sauce has a lot of depth and richness to it, so it’s a great complement to the spices that are already in the burrito bowl.
And they’re also super easy to make.
You can use any kind of meat or beans you want, so there’s no limit on what you can add to your bowl.
But if you want something simple, try adding ground beef or chicken breast, black beans, corn, cilantro (or whatever herbs you like), and avocado slices for some extra texture and flavor.
And don’t worry about cooking experience!
You don’t need any special equipment or skills—just a pot of water or stock (or both) with some salt added to it.
You can also add vegetables if you want more variety in your dish (like bell peppers or mushrooms).
Just throw everything in there together and mix it up until it looks right!
Nachos are great because they’re easy to make and they come in all kinds of flavors.
You can make them spicy or not, cheese-y or meaty—the possibilities are endless!
You can also customize them to whatever size you want, so if you have a small crowd, it’ll be easy to feed everyone and still have leftovers for the next day.
And if you’re cooking for a big group, there’s nothing stopping you from making a few different kinds of nachos and serving them up buffet-style.
If you want to go all out, there are lots of toppings that go great with nachos: salsa, guacamole, sour cream…the list goes on!
My favorite way to eat nachos is with salsa and sour cream on top (and maybe some jalapenos).
The combination of the creamy cheese sauce and crunchy corn chips with the freshness of the salsa and sour cream really makes this dish pop!
30. Macaroni and cheese
When you’re looking for a dish that goes perfectly with vodka sauce, look no further than macaroni and cheese.
The creamy, cheesy goodness of the macaroni complements the tomato-y richness of the vodka sauce perfectly.
You can also make your own cheese sauce for your macaroni by combining cheddar cheese with milk or cream until it reaches your desired consistency.
You can make this dish as simple or as complicated as you like!
If you’re looking for something simple (and quick), feel free to just boil up some noodles and mix them with some sauce from a jar or can—but if you have more time on your hands and want to get fancy with it, go ahead and make your own cheese sauce from scratch!
And don’t forget to top it off with some extra parmesan cheese!
Gnocchi is one of my favorite foods to cook with vodka sauce, because it’s so versatile.
It can be served on its own as a main course, or you can serve it as an appetizer with some salad and bread.
It’s also super easy to make, and I love the texture of gnocchi—it’s soft in your mouth but not overly mushy.
I like to make gnocchi with ricotta cheese and spinach.
I know that might sound weird, but trust me: it’s amazing!
The ricotta adds an amazing richness to the dish, while the spinach adds a nice flavor to balance out the richness of the cheese.
It’s kind of like eating a baked potato with broccoli on top!
What Meat Goes with Vodka Sauce?
There are many different kinds of meat you can serve with vodka sauce. Some examples include chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, and sausage. If you want to get creative, you can even try pairing it with fish or vegetarian options like tofu.
What Pasta Goes with Vodka Sauce?
There are many different types of pasta that go well with vodka sauce. Some examples include penne, fusilli, rigatoni, and shells. For a heartier dish, you could also pair vodka sauce with gnocchi or ravioli.
What Wine Goes with Vodka Sauce?
When it comes to vodka sauce, you have many options. For a classic pairing, try a Pinot Noir. If you want something a little different, go for a Beaujolais or Barbera. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try a Zinfandel or Sangiovese.
What Cheese Goes with Vodka Sauce?
The best cheeses to pair with vodka sauce are ones that will melt easily and won’t overpower the other flavors in the dish. A few great options include mozzarella, fontina, Parmesan, and cheddar. You can also experiment with other types of cheese, such as goat cheese or blue cheese.
What Vegetable Goes with Vodka Sauce?
If you want to make this sauce with vegetables, one of the most popular choices is eggplant.
Eggplant has a meaty texture that absorbs the flavor of your ingredients really well and pairs perfectly with vodka sauce.
If you’re looking for something that’s more hearty and filling than pasta but still tastes great with vodka sauce, try adding mushrooms.
Mushrooms have a rich flavor that goes well with other bold flavors like cheese and tomatoes—so they’re perfect for pairing with vodka sauce.
You can also add any kind of vegetable that’s in season: zucchini or squash in summertime, broccoli or asparagus in springtime… or even just fresh herbs like parsley or basil if you’re feeling fancy!
Here are 3 of my favorite veggies to serve with this sauce:
- Zucchini: Zucchini is a great vegetable to pair with vodka sauce because it’s soft and has just the right amount of flavor to complement the vodka sauce. It’s also super easy to cook. Just cut it into strips, sautee it in some olive oil until it’s tender, then add some salt and pepper if you want!
- Carrots: Carrots go great with vodka sauce because they’re sweet and crunchy at the same time. They’re also easy to prepare—just cut them up into small pieces and throw them in a pan with some olive oil and salt. Then cook them until they start getting soft, but not mushy!
- Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers are great because they’re sweet, but they have an earthy flavor too! You can roast them or sautee them whole until they get soft, which makes them perfect for pairing with vodka sauce.
What Kind of Chicken Goes with Vodka Sauce?
There are a few types of chicken that go well with vodka sauce. Some examples include grilled chicken, roasted chicken, and baked chicken. These all have a nice flavor that compliments the sauce well.
What Goes with Vodka Sauce? (31 Best Foods)
- Stuffed Peppers
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Stuffed Tomatoes
- Grilled Vegetables
- Burrito Bowls
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pick your favorite food/recipe from this list to serve with your vodka sauce.
- Prepare the rest of your delicious meal.
- Enjoy in no time!