Friday, January 21, 2011

Penne a la Vodka

Alla? A la? I don't know! I keep seeing recipes written both ways. Apparently it's open to interpretation. :)

This is a very simple, quick pasta dish that has a ton of flavor. It's on our list of meals that get made again and again. We both really enjoy it!

Pasta a la Vodka

(adapted from

1 lb. penne pasta, uncooked
2 Tbps. olive oil
1 lb. Italian Sausage (sweet or spicy)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta for 8-10 minutes. Drain.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Remove casing from sausage and add to skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat, until brown. Add garlic and red pepper, stirring until garlic is golden brown.
Add tomatoes and salt, bring to a boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
Add vodka and cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add pasta. Stir well.

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