Vodka Sauce

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This Italian-American dish is delicious and one of my family’s favorites! It is a simple dish that can be found at most Italian restaurants in America. It is a simple sauce that can be used in a variety of ways. I have used it on pizza, stuffed shells, fresh pasta, the possibilities are endless!

Vodka Sauce

A classic Italian American sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 lb Penne Rigate or Rigatoni (Fresh Pasta Recipe Here)
  • 1 28oz can of San Marzano Tomatoes pureed or a jar of Passata
  • 4 – 5 slices Prosciutto, diced
  • 1/2 Onion or shallot, diced
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup Vodka
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • To a saute pan, add olive oil and prosciutto. Saute for a few minutes and then add in shallot. Saute until translucent.
  • Add in tomato paste and let it cook for a min. Then add in vodka and let the alcohol cook out, about 2 mins.
  • Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Then lower down to medium and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Add in heavy cream, stir to combine and let simmer for 5-10 mins. This sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.
  • Cook the pasta and then add just enough sauce to coat the pasta. Then add the remaining sauce on top if desired.
Keyword Pasta, penne alla vodka
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