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Ina Garten's Tastiest Vodka Sauce Involves One Extra Step
For the ultimate vodka sauce, chef Ina Garten advocates adding canned tomatoes. While most require only using the stovetop, she also uses the oven to perfect vodka sauce.
After the initial phase of cooking on the stovetop, Garten adds canned tomatoes to the pot, secures the lid, and places it into the oven for an hour and a half.
It's only after this extended cooking time that she begins boiling water for the pasta and finishes the dish with dairy for its signature creaminess.
Garten's vodka sauce recipe uses a two-part process of simmering and roasting tomatoes to intensify the flavors by reducing their high moisture content while preserving freshness.