This was a great recipe! I didn't have any Italian sausage on hand and spontaneously decided to make Penne with Vodka-Tomato sauce. I added the seasonings listed here to ground beef and browned it all in a skillet with some diced onion, and simmered it with tomato sauce. My husband said if I hadn't told him, he would have had a hard time telling the difference between this and what I normally buy, though the texture of the ground beef was naturally different than pork sausage. So this was a fantastic recipe, even though I didn't actually make sausage.
excellent recipe thanks