Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta

MarthaRayDeen -


I typically make this Vodka sauce when serving my Parmesan Chicken, but it goes wonderfully with shrimp dishes or alone as a side. Use your favorite Vodka and enjoy a "dash" of the Vodka while you're cooking :P

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10 Min


30 Min


Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The flavors in this are just right. There's a hint of cayenne, but the heat is not at all overwhelming. It's a wonderfully flavorful sauce fit for a special meal.


1 medium
onion, chopped
2 medium
celery stalks, chopped
3 clove
garlic, minced
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 lb
prosciutto or cooked bacon (very finely chopped)
3/4 c
vodka (of a quality you would drink)
28 oz
canned, crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp
oregano, dried flakes
2 Tbsp
parsley, freshly chopped
1 Tbsp
basil, dried (you can use fresh as well)
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 c
half and half

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, and garlic in oil; stir until soft. Add prosciutto (or cooked bacon) and vodka. Simmer until almost all liquid is gone.
Add tomatoes, cayenne, and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in half and half, and heat for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta (of your choice--I used Penne) in boiling salted water until done. Drain. Serve sauce over noodles.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Gravies, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American
Collection: 2012 Member's Choice
Other Tag: Quick & Easy