Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta

MarthaRayDeen . Recipe

By MarthaRayDeen . MarthaRayDeen

10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top

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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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
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Oct 2, 2011 - Penny Hall shared this recipe with discussion group: Cooking with Beer and other Alcohol
MarthaRayDeen . MarthaRayDeen
Oct 2, 2011
I like to serve this with my Chicken Parmesan, shown here: Chicken Parmesan
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Nov 10, 2011
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

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.
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deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Nov 15, 2011
Congratulations MarthaRay on your blue ribbon!
MarthaRayDeen . MarthaRayDeen
Nov 15, 2011
Thank you so much! My first Blue Ribbon, I'm honored!! :D
Marilyn Petitjean sidecar
Feb 19, 2012
This sounds so good but is there any substitute i can use to replace the vodka and still get the same taste?
Pat Croft voncroft
Feb 19, 2012
this sounds like very good recipe and will try soon-congrats on your blue ribbon Martha Ray-. you can buy one of those small bottles in liquor store if you don't drink vodka-you won't get drunk off it tho:) just like using wine in speg. sauce-cooks off-
Julie Bailey julesbai
Feb 19, 2012
Thanks for sharing this. I've been looking for a good Vodka Sauce recipe and this sounds like just the thing! Can hardly wait to try! :-)
Dede Anderson judesoma
Feb 19, 2012
Recipe sounds delish! i just have to ask....is that your real name? Part Martha Stewart...part....part Rachel Ray...& part Paula Deen. If so...than you must be a fantastic cook! LOL
Dede Anderson judesoma
Feb 19, 2012
I like this recipe b/c I have all the ingredients right in my home. Can't wait to try it real soon!!
Judy Swift jmswift
Feb 19, 2012
Marilyn, since Vodka has no flavor, substitute water or chicken broth for it! I won't cook with alcohol, since it's not true that it is cooked off 100%.
Patti Jagodzinski Gingersnap57
Feb 19, 2012
First of all congrats on your first blue ribbon, that's a milestone if you ask me.... Second, I'm not a big fan of celery in an Italian sauce, could I leave that out? I'm sure I could, it's a silly question, but have you ever made it without? I'm worried the celery would over power the sauce.
linda steele linsteele
Feb 19, 2012
this recipe does not need a 1/4cup of olive oil but only enough to saute the veggies in.