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
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!