Booze Makes Everything Better…

…especially when you use it in cooking.  What’s that saying?  “I cook with wine – sometimes I even put it in the food.”  HEY!!!  I resemble that remark!

Today, I am offering up my Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce recipe.  It’s not too spicy – a small amount of red pepper flakes give it a kick.  But if you like spicy, feel free to add more.

I stumbled across this dish in several restaurants – each one had their own unique take on the dish.  However, I like the most simplest of them all.  This can be whipped up for a cozy supper or a meal to entertain with.  So, toss a salad, toast some bread and pour a glass of wine!  Sit back and enjoy this meal.  I’m sure you will make it again and again.

Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

1 lb. uncooked penne pasta

3 links sweet Italian sausage

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves of garlic minced

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 (28 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes

¾ tsp salt

¼ cup vodka

½ cup heavy whipping cream

chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook 8-10 minutes until al dente; drain.

In a large skillet, heat oil over moderate heat.  Remove casing from sausage and add to skillet. Break apart sausage and cook until brown.  Add garlic, red pepper and stir.  Be careful and add the vodka. Pour in crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.  Add the heavy whipping cream, bring to a boil again then reduce heat to low for about 5 minutes.  Add sauce and parsley to pasta and mix together.  Top with parmesan cheese and serve.


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