Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Yields: 4 Servings
6 – 8 oz. of prosciutto, diced
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 tbsp. of olive oil
½ tsp. of salt
½ tsp. of black pepper
½ tsp. of crushed red pepper
½ tsp. of oregano
½ tsp. of basil
½ tsp. of dill weed
½ tsp. of thyme
1 4 – 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 pint (16oz) heavy cream
4 ½ oz. of vodka (3 shots)
1 lb. of rigatoni
1. First thing you are going to want to do is prep your vodka sauce in a large saucepan. Drop in your olive oil and spread it around the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Then go ahead and throw in your finely diced onion and sauté for several minutes until the onions are nice and soft.
2. Once the onions are ready, drop in your diced prosciutto and lightly brown the meat. After the meat is lightly browned add in all of you spices and mix with the meat and onions.
3. Next, you will want to add your tomato paste to the mixture. Be sure to mix the paste well with all of your other ingredients thus far. After a few minutes of mixing you will notice that all the ingredients are slightly clumped together. Don’t worry about that at all.
4. Now it’s time to add the vodka to break up the elements and slightly deglaze your pan. Mix well.
5. Now it’s time to get your hands a little dirty! Take the whole peeled tomatoes out of the can and squish them in your hands over the sauce pan and drop them in. Repeat this step for each tomato and then pour in the remaining liquid from the can into the pan. Stir well, and allow the ingredients to come to a light boil
6. The last step is to slowly mix in the heavy cream – you will know the sauce is ready to go when the color of the sauce turns salmon.
7. Now lower your stove top heat to a simmer and start prepping your pasta.
8. Take about 6 quarts of water and bring that up to a boil in a large pot. Once it is boiling, go ahead and drop in a pinch of salt and then your rigatoni. Let the pasta cook for about 10 minutes.
9. Once the pasta is complete to your liking, drain the liquid, then add the contents of your saucepan to the pasta and mix thoroughly. Serve with some freshly grated cheese and enjoy!