Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
Delightful vodka cream sauce with hot sausage. Very satisfing main dish.
- 4 andouille sausages or 4 hot Italian sausage links
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 (32 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon red pepper
- 16 ounces rigatoni pasta or 16 ounces penne pasta
- 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped
- salt and pepper
- Slice sausage links into ½ inch rounds and brown for several minutes in a large sauté pan.
- Add butter, garlic, and shallots. Sauté shallots for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add vodka and heat 4-5 minutes to reduce vodka by half.
- Add marinara sauce, can tomatoes and red pepper. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
- While sauce is simmering, cook pasta until it is al dente.
- Add cream into sauce and return to a boil.
- Add drain pasta to the sauce and add the basil leaves.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Yum! Who knew vodka would liberate so much flavor from the sausage and spread it around in the cream sauce? Between the tomato, spices, and aromatics, this is a dish that makes a great template for monkeying around with variations. Thank you for posting.