Penne alla Vodka


  • 1 (12 oz.) box penne pasta
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 lb. prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of water
  • 1 cup light cream
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine vodka and red pepper flakes. Set aside for one hour (longer or less time depending on how spicy you want it).

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute prosciutto, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper until prosciutto is evenly brown, about 3 minutes.

Pour in vodka mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in crushed tomatoes with 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 (8 oz.) can of water.  Simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup light cream and cook two minutes.

Toss with cooked penne and serve. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
by The Savvy Kitchen