Vodka Cream Pasta with Italian Sausage

This is my version of Rachel Ray’s, “You won’t be single for long vodka cream pasta.” In my version, I added Italian sausage, because my man, or any man I would have interest in, couldn’t be won over with a solely vegetarian dish. The first dinner I made for my husband wasn’t this vodka cream pasta, but it was a similar dish, a spaghetti at my mother’s house. It obviously easily won him over. I believe in the power of a good pasta to win a man’s heart. I remember making everything that night, but I had forgot to make garlic toast. I was about to serve him when my mom came in, and was seriously concerned that I had not prepared garlic bread. She made me make the garlic bread first before serving the pasta. I’m not sure if this sealed the deal or not. I think it was just icing on the cake. Since then, I have been more conscious of details at dinner. It’s the little things that make the difference. This weekend we will be celebrating our 16th anniversary, not wedding, I’ve always said that means nothing to me, but the anniversary of the day we started “going together.” You know that time where you were too young to actually date, you just spend all your free time together on the phone and together in between class and at lunch? Over the years, I’ve done some pretty silly things in order to spend more time with him, and I don’t regret one decision. I’ve enjoyed every minute we’ve spent together. Happy anniversary Babe, and hopefully this will keep you hooked another 16 years.

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Vodka Cream Pasta with Italian Sausage Recipe

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5 links sweet Italian sausage, cut in bite size pieces
1 32 oz can Italian tomatoes with basil (I like Cento)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 cup vodka
1 cup cream
a large bunch of basil, roughly chopped or torn
olive oil
kosher salt
penne pasta


Preheat large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil and add sausage to pre-heated pan. Brown sausage. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes. Add vodka. Turn heat to a simmer. Break up tomatoes with a spoon or potato masher.

In a separate saucepan, while sauce is simmering, bring water to boil for pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions.

When pasta is done, Add cream to sauce and bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Add basil and stir until just wilted. Serve over pasta, and don't forget the garlic toast!

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  39 Responses to “Vodka Cream Pasta with Italian Sausage”

  1. Suzanne — August 24, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    Happy Anniversary! The way to a man’s heart is via the meat on the table! I don’t disagree with that. Truly, I think he would just pass out if I didn’t serve MM some beef, pork, chicken, etc at every meal (except maybe breakfast. And who can resist vodka sauce? This looks wonderful!

  2. Jenny Flake — August 24, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    Oh my goodness Angie, this looks to die for! Nice recipe…..And Happy Anniversary!!

  3. Cookin' Canuck — August 24, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    I can see why this won your husband’s heart – and I agree about the sausage! That sauce looks so creamy and comforting.

  4. Angelia McGowan — August 24, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    Vodka Cream Pasta

  5. Tickled Red — August 24, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

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  6. Monet — August 24, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary! He is a lucky man. Thank you so much for always sharing such great recipes with us. We loved using your salsa on our whole wheat emapnadas…they were so very good with that fresh sauce on top!

  7. Tiffany — August 24, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    That is a sweet story, happy anniversary! It’s the same concept around here, only it is my husband making the pasta that keeps winning my heart, over and over and over ……….I will make sure he gets a copy of this recipe!

  8. This sounds awesome~ love everything in this!

  9. Kathy - Panini Happy — August 24, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    What an incredibly appetizing – and beautifully photographed – dish. Have a wonderful anniversary – congrats!

  10. Baking Serendipity — August 24, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Rachel Ray’s “You Won’t be Single for Long” pasta…and yours definitely looks like it could rival it!

  11. Lee Sisters — August 25, 2010 @ 3:38 am

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  12. Kim — August 25, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    Angie, this looks like a dream meal for us. Vodka pasta sauce is Rich’s favorite. I love it, too, but cream isn’t always on my hip’s agenda. That’s why this sauce is a treat! And boy, does your version looks scrumptious.

  13. marla {family fresh cooking} — August 25, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    I think you could win anyone over with this classic, creamy pasta dish. Must try this recipe for a creamy vodka sauce 🙂

  14. MaryMoh — August 25, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You’ll have many more happy years to come…keep the fire burning! For me, it would be noodles for my hubby…quite similar 😀 Love your pasta dish. All those meatballs on top just looks so delicious with the vodka cream sauce.

  15. grace — August 25, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    ah, rachael. she’s a nut, but she definitely has some great ideas. i like how you’ve tweaked this. frankly, you had me at sausage. 🙂

  16. Claudia — August 25, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    I add sausage to me vodka sauce also – it adds zing. Love your recipe – a grand anniversary dinner!

  17. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog — August 25, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    Ok vodka yes, creamy yes and pasta!…ohhh this is a unique combination that I’ve never experienced…totally adorable!!



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  21. PastasticMatt — September 17, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    Looks simply delicious. And I think you’re right about him about him needing a little meat in there 🙂

  22. lisa stewart — October 13, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

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  23. Gennaro — October 22, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    Love the Rachel Ray quote. Too funny. And too true. I’ve never made this dish with sausage, but that photo makes me want to give it a shot. San Marzano tomatoes are the best around, in my opinion. Certain Cento cans are these tasty tomatoes.

  24. Diana — November 10, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    Hi, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

    This pasta looks so comforting for fall! Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting’s Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here –

    Would love to have you participate – cheers!

  25. kelly — November 19, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    One of my husband’s favorite pasta dishes and this looks like an excellent version. YUM!

  26. Rick — November 24, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    I just made a similar recipe (Emeril Lagasse) and found it too salty. I will try your next.

  27. Shawna — January 28, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    I made this the other night – it’s so good! Thanks for sharing:o)

    • Angie — January 28, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  28. Wildly Romantic — February 3, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    Oh my! Vodka Cream Past with Italian Sausage!

  29. Lizzy Harris — May 9, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
  30. Alyssa — July 6, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Love this! It’s one of my favorite recipes now, however, mine always seems to come out thin. I’ve remedied this by draining one of the cans of tomatoes, but I’m still not satisfied. How did yours end up so thick and creamy? any suggestions? Thank you!!

    • Angie — July 7, 2011 @ 9:50 am

      Just simmer for longer.

  31. Dana — July 12, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    I tried this last night as the picture had me salivating however I must admit I was extremely disappointed. It turned out looking exactly like the picture however I just found the taste of the sauce to be an overall unpleasant one. I don’t mean to be negative but I was very disappointed after spending $30 to replenish my vodka stocks for this dish

  32. cream — July 22, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    pasta with vodka is amazing, i want to try

  33. Bob the Vodkologist, PhD — September 17, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    What – what? They never taught anything like this at VU (Vodka University)! This opens up a whole new avenue of research – what with all the flavored vodkas on the market nowadays. Makes one’s head spin. Oh wait, that’s just the vodka.

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  35. Heloixx — April 23, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Looks simply delicious. And I think you’re right about him about him needing a little meat in there comparateur forfait mobile

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