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

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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

How to Make Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta


  • 1In 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.
  • 2Add tomatoes, cayenne, and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • 3Stir in half and half, and heat for 3 minutes.
  • 4Meanwhile, cook pasta (of your choice--I used Penne) in boiling salted water until done. Drain. Serve sauce over noodles.

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About Spicy Vodka Sauce for Pasta

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