North Jersey Vodka Sauce

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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Moshakgaboy

I have had some mediocre vodka sauces in my time and didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Then my wife (a Jersey native) took me to a little hole in the wall outside Newark called Mario's. I had never tasted such an addictive sauce. It took me a while, but I think I have it nailed down.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the peppercorns in the vodka. Meanwhile, saute the onion, garlic, and proscuitto in the olive oil in a medium saucepan. When the onion is clear, add the vodka and peppercorn mixture. Cook over medium heat until most of the alcohol evaporates (the smell of the steam will let you know). Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, and oregano and simmer for at least an hour. Just before serving, stir in the heavy cream just until heated. Serve over penne (or your favorite pasta) with fresh grated parmesan and crusty bread.

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