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Pasta with vodka sauce

A creamy flavorful blush sauce made with Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, and heavy cream
Course Main Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Marie


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage , casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1.5 cups crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves , chiffonade
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • for garnish


  • Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add pasta to water and cook about 6 to 10 minutes until al dente or according to package instructions.
  • Drain and return to pot.
  • In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add sausage, and cook until brown and all pink has disappeared, about 10 minutes.
  • Add onions, salt, and red peppers and cook until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir, cook until the sauce thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the vodka and cook until the sauce is reduced 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and heat for 3 or 4 additional minutes.
  • Toss immediately with pasta and serve with grated cheese, topped with fresh basil.