Homemade Vodka Sauce

Carol Perricone


My sister got this recipe from a co-worker many years ago. It is so good, that we make this all the time for our families, and serve it to guests at parties. It is always a hit.

It is easy, and delicious. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

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20 Min
1 Hr
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16oz box
penne pasta, cooked and drained
28oz can(s)
crushed tomatoes
28oz can(s)
whole tomatoes in tomato sauce
6-8 slice
prosciutto, cut into bite size pieces
1 large
onion, chopped
1 c
heavy cream
1/4 c
1 tsp
each, salt, pepper, basil or to taste
olive oil
1 Tbsp
parmesan cheese to taste


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1Cover bottom of a large skillet with a thin layer of olive oil. Saute onion in oil until lightly browned.

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2In separate skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter and saute prosciutto until lightly browned (be careful not to burn it).

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3When onion is browned, add both cans of tomatoes, vodka, salt, pepper, and basil. Bring to a low boil.

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4Add heavy cream, and mix well. Add prosiutto with butter at this time. Check seasonings, and you can add a little more vodka if you want.

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5Cover pan, and allow sauce to simmer on low for 1 hour.

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6Meanwhile, cook penne pasta according to package directions, and combine with vodka sauce and parmesan cheese when sauce is done.


About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Italian