Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta

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Serves: 6-8
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


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

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MarthaRayDeen . Recipe
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Member Since Aug 2011
MarthaRayDeen's notes for this recipe:
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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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.


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.

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user Penny Hall FantasyFaery54 - Oct 2, 2011
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user MarthaRayDeen . MarthaRayDeen - Oct 2, 2011
I like to serve this with my Chicken Parmesan, shown here: Chicken Parmesan
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Nov 10, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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user deb baldwin messinthekitchen - Nov 15, 2011
Congratulations MarthaRay on your blue ribbon!

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