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Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

posted by Julie Evink on June 12, 2013

Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta ~ Hearty pasta casserole full of savory meatballs and smothered in a creamy vodka sauce! via

Mmmm doesn’t Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta just remind you of being in some fancy restaurant, sipping a glass of wine, staring into your significant others eyes dreamily while music plays softly in the background.

News flash. This did not happen when I was enjoying this lovely dish.

It was more like “Ma, Ma” , sippy cup hits the floor, “Uh Oh”, “Dada”, etc.

It was not the romantic meal I had envisioned, but that’s ok right? At least I was able to enjoy a home cooked meal surrounded by my family.

Who’s kidding me? I’d LOVE to go out on a date night sometime here, but let’s get real. It doesn’t happen unless scheduled and let’s just say I haven’t scheduled one lately. Like in the last 4-5 months since we bought the “house”. Yup the thing that sucks the time right out of every moment of free time. Good thing I love that house. I really do. I think you truly appreciate things a lot more when you have to wait for them. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t enjoy waiting to be able to find a larger house that we could afford, but it was worth it!

So if you’d like to pretend you are out on a date night with the special person in your life this recipe is just for you!


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Creamy Vodka Meatball Pasta

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 8     adjust servings


  • 1 package (2.5 lbs) frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 jar Vodka pasta sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 oz ziti pasta, cooked according to directions on package
  • 2 c. Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 glass pan with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute over medium-low heat for about two minutes
  3. Add pasta sauce and oregano to skillet and mix. Heat until hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir meatballs into the pasta sauce.
  5. Add the meatballs to your sauce. Bring pasta and meatballs to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Mix together cooked pasta and meatballs together in a large bowl. Add Mozzarella cheese and stir well. Transfer to the prepared 9x13 in glass baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 726kcal Calories from fat 372
% Daily Value
Total Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 393mg16%
Carbohydrate 45g15%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 41g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Adapted from: Daily Dish Recipes

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  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Hopping over from Mostly Homemade Mom link party! I love all things pasta and this looks delicious!

    • Julie Evink

      Welcome Nancy! Glad to have you here 🙂

  • tanya

    Vodka sauce is one of my favorites!!! Probably the only reason I have Vodka, because I don’t like to drink it! And as for romance, I’m not big on romantic meals, I’m a burger and beer kinda girl! I’m totally a cheap date!

    • Julie Evink

      We’d get along great…I love burgers and beers!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    You had me at vodka! And it kept getting better and better after that 🙂 love this for an easy weeknight meal!

    • Julie Evink

      Haha Vodka makes everything better…until the next morning… 🙂

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef

    This looks delicious! I love tomato vodka sauce, and adding in meatballs makes it even better.

  • Serena@Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    Who can resist tomato vodka sauce over meatballs! Deliciousness!

  • Gwen

    Call me stupid & do a head slap but what is vodca pasta sauce & were in the world do you get it?

    • Julie Evink

      Hey Gwen! It’s just a type of spaghetti sauce so you’d find it where you find the jars of spaghetti sauce 🙂

  • Lily

    This was a big hit with the fam! Although mine wasn’t as “saucy” as your photo, it was still delicious. Thanks

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