Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Crispy Prosciutto 

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  This sauce is….words just don’t do it justice.  It’s simply, perfectly, gloriously, deliciously, ridiculously wonderful!!!  Use it on your favorite type of pasta, but the kinds with lots of ridges and pockets that the sauce can stick to and fill up are the best. The parmesan cheese and crispy prosciutto put it over the top.  It’s like a flavor bomb going off in your mouth.  KAPOW!  I first tasted vodka sauce a few years ago.  My son wanted it so I bought a jar of it.  Nastiest stuff ever!   I told him I’d make some homemade and we’d try it again.  I made it, we tried it, we loved it and never looked back.  I think once you try it you’ll be hooked like we are.
  
                                                                 Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Crispy Prosciutto

8 slices prosciutto (or bacon, but the prosciutto gives it a wonderful flavor)

2 Tbs. olive oil, divided

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. sugar, if desired

6 oz. can tomato paste

15 oz. can diced tomatoes

15 oz. can tomato sauce

1/3 cup vodka

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 lb. your favorite pasta, cooked per package directions

Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and heat on medium heat.  When hot,  place 3-4 pieces of prosciutto in the pan and cook until browned and crispy on both sides.  Drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Continue until all the prosciutto is fried.  Put the second tablespoon of olive oil in the pan with the prosciutto drippings.  Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic, parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and tomato paste.  Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, vodka and sugar.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 30-40 minutes until it thickens, stirring occasionally.  Pour in the heavy cream and cook until heated through.  Serve over your favorite cooked pasta.  Top with grated parmesan and crumbled prosciutto.  Buon Appetito!

Wishing you love, laughter and cake,

Glenda

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About glendaclark

Hi there! My name is Glenda and I love food. Cooking and baking are my creative outlets. You'll find me in the kitchen laughing, singing, dancing and cooking or baking. I'm wife to my green eyed Irish guy, mother of four and grandmother of four. These are the chronicles of life as Glenda, the good witch of cake. Warning: may contain cartoon moments, butter and sugar.

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