Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce


This spicy vodka pasta is 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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound uncooked penne pasta

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons vodka

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove casing from sausage and add to the skillet. Cook and stir until crumbly and brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until garlic is golden brown.

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

  4. Add cream and vodka; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add pasta; toss for 1 minute. Stir in parsley; serve warm.

    close up view of Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce garnished with fresh herbs in a white bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
18g Fat
53g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 427mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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