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