A nice change from your typical tomato sauce! If you're worried about the alcohol, don't be! It cooks off and cannot be tasted. It simply helps to enhance the flavors.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • In large skillet, heat oil over moderate heat. Remove casing from sausage and add to skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat, until brown. Add garlic and red pepper and cook, stirring until garlic is golden brown.

  • Add tomatoes and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

  • Add vodka and cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add pasta, toss for 1 minute. Stir in fresh parsley and serve!

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

435 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 29 mg cholesterol; 544 mg sodium. 52.7 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (1103)

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1644 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1225
  • 4 star values: 323
  • 3 star values: 65
  • 2 star values: 25
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
I think a good start to any a la vodka sauce is the pancetta. I started this recipe by browning 6 slices of pancetta without any oil and adding the sausage to the drippings then launched into everything else. I also upped the vodka quantity to 1/4 of a cup and upped the heavy cream to 3/4 of a cup. I completely omitted the salt. I used Contadina crushed tomatos with roasted garlic. The meal was definitely "restaurant quality" Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is top-notch and would rival any Penne a la Vodka that you'd order in an Italian restaurant. I prepared it almost to the letter and it was perfect. I have also tried this a different way by making it a lowfat dish. I substituted turkey sausage and instead of heavy cream I used half and half blended with 1 tsp. of corn starch. It was a fantastic lower fat variation and tasted just as good as the original. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I changed this recipe. 3 tablespoons of white wine instead of vodka, added spinach, tomato sauce and extra red pepper flakes, simmered the sauce 30 minutes and melted parmesean and feta cheese. made for a large group. got rave reviews, tasted just like penne rosa from noodles and company! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I frequently do a sausage pasta with a fresh sauce but never occurred to me to do a vodka cream version. Great! My only alteration is in the pasta choice. Pardon but I am a particular snob in this area. For a sauce like this one with roll-away chunks a more appropriate pasta choice is one that snuggles the sauce - in this case I go for an egg noodle or at least the widest fettuccine you can find. Tubed pasta work better on thinner sauces that need a little traveling compartment. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was good although I have had better sauces but I must say I liked the addition of the sausage. It actually tasted better the next day. I would make it again. The ony thing is I reduced the oil and the salt I felt the amounts given were high. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
All the signs of greatness: Tastes really good is fast and easy and also pretty darn inexpensive! I went a little easy on the crushed red pepper (it was still nice and spicy) and topped each serving with a little shredded fresh Romano. SERIOUS YUM especially with a glass of red wine... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I browned the sausage separately and then added it to the sauce. For the sauce I sauteed some onion used 1/4 c. of vodka 1 c. of whipping cream and added some fresh basil. Overall I think the sauce is better without the sausage. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family loved this. I thought it was very similar to Bowties w/Sausage Tomatoes & Cream (also on this site) and may consider using that recipe as my base vodka sauce. I followed the directions pretty accurately with only a few minor changes. I put literally a drop of EVOO into the pan and browned my sausage whole. I think 2 links crumbled as written would have been lost in the sauce. I drained the oil and fat from the pan reserving about 1-1/2 Tbsp. in the pan for flavor. I cut down to 1/2 the amount of red pepper to make it more kid-friendly. I also cut back dramatically on the parsley. As I was chopping it I realized that it was a lot so I sprinkled it little by little until I got the flavor I wanted. I ended up using a little over a tbsp I would guess. My only other change was to use a little over a half pound of a variety of pastas.(finished up the boxes) I served it with grated parm and think that next time I may add it to the sauce during cooking for a much better flavor. The flavor of the dish was good but I definitely recommend increasing the vodka A LOT! You could barely taste it. Also I think I prefer my vodka sauce a bit more creamier than tomato-ey so next time I will definitely add more cream to the dish as well. Overall this was a very delicious dish and was loved by my whole family. My 22 month old went back for thirds!! It does make a lot of sauce so be prepared for extra...perfect for dipping garlic bread into. Thank you Star! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was wonderful and so quick and easy!! I did drain the sausage and also added the cream after bringing the vodka to a boil (wasn't sure about cream boiling and curdling). I only had hot italian sausage on hand and it was great - next time I'll try the sweet! This was very similiar to 'Rigatoni ala vodka' my husband and I used to order at a local restaurant - also good with the addition of chicken breast cooked in the sausage grease (sounds weird but tastes great). Thanks for the recipe!! Read More