Ciao Bella Vodka Sauce

Anna Sciancalepore Antoniello


This recipe is another that I am really proud of! It is an adaptation from a a friend's recipe. Her's is left chunky. I had to tweak the amount of cream that makes it velvety and Vodka to increase the nutty flavor that is indicative to Vodka sauces. This also freezed beautifully. It is now a family favorite, even by my own Mother. Enjoy!


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2 1/2 quarts
20 Min
40 Min


  • 2 stick
    unsalted butter
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    minced garlic, about 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley flakes
  • 4 can(s)
    (15 oz) tomatoes, canned italian-style and diced, no salt added (with basil,oregano, and garlic) i use del monte
  • 1/2- 1 Tbsp
  • ·
    pepper to taste
  • 1/4 lb
    prosciutto, sliced thin and chopped
  • 1 c
  • 1 pt
    light cream or 2 cans of evaorated whole milk

How to Make Ciao Bella Vodka Sauce


  1. In a large pot melt butter and saute onion until translucent. Add garlic and all the dry herbs and saute 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and puree tomato mixture in a food processor, hand held blender or blender. Return pureed mixture back to the pot. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add prosciuto and vodka. Simmer 10-15 minutes more. Slowly add cream, heat through another 5-10 minutes. Do not boil or the cream will break. Serve over penne pasta cooked al dente.

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About Ciao Bella Vodka Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #sauce #vodka

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