Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta

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Serves: 6-8
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Cooking Method: Stove Top

Ingredients

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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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.

Directions

1
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.
2
Add tomatoes, cayenne, and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
3
Stir in half and half, and heat for 3 minutes.
4
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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