If you follow my instagram you’ll know that I came across some sriracha vodka in a clearance bin at the grocery store a couple weeks ago. Trying to figure out what I could do with it, I did the obvious and made a spicy bloody mary with it, drank it straight, then had an idea to use it for a vodka sauce!
But that wasn’t enough. Why not add some bacon? This gave the recipe a smokey flavor with a little sriracha flavor at the end that was really nice on a pasta dish that I threw together.
To keep prep time to a minimum I’m using left over Marinara Sauce from a batch I made a couple weeks ago. The recipe makes enough for you to store some in the freezer. I will take a container out 1 day prior to cooking it so it will be thawed out.
This will also work with off the shelf marinara of course, if you do go this route I highly recommend Newman’s Own Marinara Sauce. The price is decent and it’s probably the best off the shelf marinara sauce I’ve ever had that isn’t 8 bucks a jar!
Keeping It Spicy
While I was cooking this sauce, it had a really nice heat to and you could really pick up the sriracha flavor. I did notice that once the cream was incorporated, it did tone down the spiciness. If you’d like to get more of the heat back just add 1/2 to 1 tbsp of sriracha to your preferred taste.
When To Add The Bacon
I mention this later in the recipe, but don’t be too hasty to add the bacon into the sauce, the earlier you do it, the soggier it will get. I waited till about the last 2 minutes and it kept it nice and firm.
On To The Recipe
Sriracha Vodka Sauce With Bacon
- 6 strips bacon
- 2 cups marinara
- 3/4 cup Sriracha Vodka
- 3/4 cup Heavy Cream whole milk will work if you don't have cream
- 1 tbsp sriracha sauce optional if you want to add some more spice.
- Get the bacon cooked!
- Set cooked aside bacon on a paper towel, drain the excess bacon from the pan.
- In the same pan you used to cook the bacon, stir in marinara and sriracha vodka in a sauce pan or skillet, and let simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Stir it frequently!
- Stir in cream and let simmer for about 3 minutes, chop up the bacon while waiting.
- For the last 2 minutes add in the bacon and pull off the heat.
- Taste the sauce, if it's not spicy enough add in a little more sriracha into it until its at the spice you like. Add this sauce to some pasta, maybe cook come chicken seasoned in salt, pepper, oregano and basil and enjoy!