Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Penne alla Vodka with Sausage


  • 1 pound uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 50ml mini bottle Absolute vodka
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 c. Kraft Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T Badia Gourmet Blend Italian Seasoning (or any Italian Seasoning)
  • 5 links sweet (or hot) Italian sausage


  1. Bring a skillet with approx. 1" of water to a boil and add sausage.  Cook for approx 20 minutes total, turning sausage at the 10 min. point.  Remove sausage and let cool.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Slice sausage into oblong slices and set aside.
  4. Add tomatoes and salt; bring to boil. Add garlic, Kraft parmesan cheese, Italaian seasoning and red pepper.  Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add vodka and cream and bring to boil. Add sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and add pasta, toss for 1 minute. Top with fresh grated parmesan and serve!


  1. Nice post Noah, I am going to save your recipe. Your recipe reminds me of a local dish here in the Mohawk Valley area of New York State. I am sending you a couple of links for “Chicken Riggies”. The video is older but this same restaurant continues to beat all others in a yearly competition.


  2. I had already decided to make a vodka pasta sauce tonite thanx for the recipe!

  3. This recipe sounds delicious, and it looks great! Thanks for the recipe :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills