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Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for Vodka Sauce

          Penne Vodka is probably my mom's favorite sauce that I make. It's rich and creamy and heavy and so yummy! My mouth starts salivating just thinking about this! Here's my recipe...

1/4 pound prosciutto
extra virgin olive oil (to saute onions and garlic in)
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup of vodka
2- 28 oz. cans of whole tomatoes, pureed
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cups grated Parmesano Romano
onion powder
Italian seasonings

Heat a large sauce pan, pour in extra virgin olive oil. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. After the onions turn translucent, add the prosciutto and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for about 3 minutes. Then pour the vodka in and let it reduce. Mix in the tomatoes along with salt, onion powder, and a small pinch of Italian seasonings. Once it comes to a simmer, stir in the parm cheese and heavy cream. Be sure to stir everything frequently.

Pour the sauce over boiled penne. It tastes good just like that, or with shrimp/chicken. No matter what, I always shake more parm cheese on and add freshly chopped basil. Enjoy!

This is from one of the times that I made penne vodka. I am sorry that this
is such a bad picture. I am also sorry that you cannot even see the sauce because
I put so much parm cheese on mine. I remembered to take a picture after I had
covered it in cheese. 


  1. This sounds heavenly, but, of course, I have a question; do you think I can just omit the proscuitto, or is there some extra spices I could add? You know me, vegetarian. I'm really making you work for these posts, aren't I?

  2. I have got to try this. That sounds amazing.