Yes, there is vodka in this vodka sauce, and it is important. Try my Copycat Carbone’s Spicy Pasta recipe for another savory pasta dish with a creamy red sauce. In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion in butter until slightly brown and soft. Vodka Sauce is a creamy, tomato-based sauce that has just the right amount of kick to go perfectly with pasta in this penne alla vodka dish. Sweet and salty pancetta is lightly sauteed in butter, then cooked in Pour in Vodka Sauce.