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Best Store-Bought Vodka Sauce

10 Best Store-Bought Vodka Sauces To Try (Updated)

Last Updated on February 17, 2024 by Shari Mason

The popularity of vodka sauce as a culinary ingredient is on the rise in recent times due to its ability to bind with the fats from cheese and butter present in tomato water.

While you can make this sauce at home, jarred vodka sauces are available at grocery stores for people who are always on the go. 

To narrow your choices, here we list the best store-bought vodka sauces — full of delicious flavors.

Top 10 Store-Bought Vodka Sauces Bursting With Flavors 

10. Cento Vodka Pasta Sauce

Vodka Sauce on a Pan

Average Price: around $7.94/25.5oz

Why We Love It: This is an intriguing sauce, as Cento is really hard to find. But do you know why? 

Because they only use the San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, so production is limited. 

The tomatoes used have unmatched flavor and acidity, which impart a unique and citrusy flavor to the vodka sauce. 

So, if ever you find these, get as much as you can in case it gets sold out again.   

9. Botticelli Premium Alla Vodka Pasta Sauce

Average Price: around $6.99/24oz

Why We Love It: This premium Alla vodka pasta sauce from Botticelli is made with an economy of ingredients, with flavor derived from the fresh ingredients.

What we really like about this vodka sauce is that the tomatoes used in this condiment are from Italy, where it was manufactured. It pairs well with pasta dishes and salads.    

8. Full Circle Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce

Average Price: around $3.69/240z

Why We Love It: This vodka sauce is a bit sour, so we’re not surprised to find lemon juice in it, which explains the flavor. 

But the tomatoes in the sauce added interest, as they’re quite tart. 

“Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting.”

— Geoffrey Chaucer, English Poet 

There’s a sweet note in this vodka sauce, which balances the overall flavor. 

We initially thought that Full Circle sauce was a little bit vodka-y, but that’s when the need for something creamy or sweet came into play. 

This is an interesting sauce to incorporate with many dishes like Pene Alla, Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce, etc.  

7. Isola Vodka Pasta Sauce

Vodka Sauce on a Pan

Average Price: around $5.95/25oz

Why We Love It: This vodka is heavy yet creamy and savory. We like that it’s all-natural–no preservatives or added sugar, and you can taste the ingredients, especially tomatoes.

The creaminess comes from Mascarpone cheese, which contributes to the overall rich flavor of this vodka sauce. We like the thickness of this sauce enough to coat any pasta [1] dish. 

6. Hoboken Farms Vodka Sauce

Average Price: around $52.99/4-pack

Why We Love It: This vodka sauce made with Hoboken Farms is free of preservatives, which we really like. This makes it an ideal choice if you have a restricted diets. 

It’s Keto and gluten-free, so those with strict diets can still enjoy a luxurious penne alla vodka without any worries.

5. Trader Joe’s Vodka Sauce

Average Price: around $8-$9/25oz

Why We Love It: The quality, price, and taste of Trader Joe’s Vodka Sauce make a good condiment in your favorite dish. But beware of its high sodium content. 

However, even though you might not be consuming it due to a diet, you can rest assured that the organic ingredients in its sauce are high in quality, so your health won’t be at risk (unless you consume too much). 

4. Rao’s Homemade Vodka Sauce

Top View Shot of Vodka Sauce on a Pan

Average Price: around $8.99/24oz

Why We Love It: One of the crowd-pleasers is Rao’s Homemade vodka sauce, made with the same basic ingredients as other high-end vodka sauces. 

But– it has a unique flavor profile that appetizes your stomach. It’s a creamy and rich sauce that goes well with any dish. 

It combines Italian tomatoes, Pecorino Romano cheese, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

3. Prego Creamy Vodka Pasta Sauce

Average Price: around $3.99/24oz 

Why We Love It: This Prego creamy pasta sauce is a good choice for any occasion. It’s made with a rich blend of ingredients such as tomatoes, fresh cream, olive oil, and vodka.

We like its creamy texture and unique taste, making it a good pairing for any pasta dish. 

Besides, it’s gluten-free and made with almost entirely vegetables. This is a healthy option, so there is no need to pass on this one. 

2. Primal Kitchen Vodka Sauce

Average Price: around $9.99/23.5oz 

Why We Love It: Though some wouldn’t agree with Primal Kitchen vodka sauce reaching this spot, it doesn’t matter as this sauce is delicious–despite the lack of rich dairy ingredients. 

If you’re health-conscious, this may not be for you. Instead of heavy cream, Primal uses pumpkin butter that comes from a local farm—not processed with no additives or preservatives. 

1. Bertolli Vodka Sauce

Making Vodka Sauce Recipe

Average Price: around $3.99/24oz

Why We Love It: This vodka sauce made by Bertolli uses fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, and basil. 

This is one of the tried-and-tested brands since the company has been making pasta sauces even before 1875. 

So, the making of Bertolli Vodka Sauce is full of expertise and experience. If you’re into Italian dishes, Bertolli vodka sauce is a great ingredient, particularly Rigatoni. 

**Average prices are based on the suggested retail price. It may vary by store. 

FAQs

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To make your store-bought vodka sauce tastes homemade, you can toss basil, thyme, or oregano strips. For extra flavor, sprinkle some red pepper flakes on the pasta sauce and add a pinch of parsley.

Final Words 

Overall, we love the tangy, savory, and versatile vodka sauces for pasta. It works well on almost any meat dish, and we recommend trying it at an Italian restaurant for the ultimate experience.

But if you prepare meals at home and you need a delicious vodka sauce, all the sauces listed above are equally delectable and won’t surely disappoint. Our favorite is Bertolli, what’s yours?  

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/topic/pasta 
  2. https://exploratorium.edu/cooking/seasoning/facts.html 
Shari Mason

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