Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Feb 11, 2009 12:01 PM

what goes with Vodka sauce?

Hello! I'll making some pasta with Vodka sauce tonight, and was wondering what people think would go with it?
I would LOVE to get in some greens, but not sure if that would just be an insult to the sauce (it's from a I'm not too concerned....).
Would Kale stand up to the flavor? is the flavor of the sauce usually on the milder side?
chicken? sausage? shrimp?
Just hoping to get away from a straight pasta and sauce dish.... add some extra protein and health stuff :)

Thanks in advance!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Hi Molly!

    I shall not comment on the fact that you are using a jarred sauce!

    Anyhow - I would add some chicken (for protein) and peas (for veg) and if you have any - some sundried tomatoes (for taste!)


    1. mushrooms, peas & pancetta


      shrimp or scallops, crushed red pepper flakes, mushrooms & sun-dried tomatoes.

      garnish w/fresh parsley

      1 Reply
      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Endive, spread with a black and green olive and artichoke tapenade

      2. I was at an Italian restaurant a few weeks ago and ordered their lobster ravioli in Vodka sauce. To be honest, I couldn't even taste the lobster, but evidently they were of the opinion it paired well.

        1. When I make mine, I usually add diced prociutto and onions. I've also done it with mild Italian sausage, and it's pretty good. At restaurants, I've had vodka sauce over a trio or raviolis (cheese, spinach, and lobster), and I enjoyed it, but as CocoaNut mentioned, the flavors don't really shine through. I think my favorite dish with vodka sauce was a seafood medley over rigatoni...shrimp, lobster tail, clams, and mussels...mmm, I still dream about that meal. Hope that helps a little...

          1. Sometimes I'll doctor up a jarred vodka sauce with red peppers, onion, and sausage for a quick and delicious dinner.