Friday, September 9, 2011

Sausage & Rotini in Vodka Sauce

I've been wanting to try this creamy pasta dish & checked several recipes.  Finally, I just put some ingredients together for my own version.  We liked it & hope you'll give it a try.

1 lb. sausage (I used hot Italian chicken sausage)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced, optional
sprinkle of crushed red peppers, optional
1/3-1/2 c. Vodka
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 -1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
fresh basil, snipped or torn
12 oz. dried rotini or penne pasta, cooked
Parmesan cheese, for serving

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to directions on the box.  Drain & set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the sausage in a tablespoon of hot olive oil.  Add the onion , mushrooms & garlic & cook for a few minutes more.  Add the crushed red peppers & the vodka.  Let the vodka come to a simmer & then reduce by half.

Add the crushed tomatoes to the skillet & stir.  Add the whipped cream & fold in.  Add the cooked pasta & stir to combine.  Lastly, add the snipped basil & some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

I hope you enjoy!

I'm sharing this with Foodie Friday & On the Menu Monday.


  1. Hi Kitty!
    Your pasta dish looks delicious! Here from Foodie Fri. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hooray...I did it! Now I can comment on how wonderful your recipes are!

  3. I can't wait to try this, Kitty! We recently had some AWESOME Vodka sauce pasta at an Italian wedding & I'm hoping yours will be very similar in flavor. Yummo!


  4. I have some already browned sausage in the freezer and fresh basil in the fridge. I think this recipe is calling my name!


  5. Kitty, I have this ON THE MENU next week for Tuesday's night dinner! I can't wait to make it!
    Thanks for sharing this yummy dinner recipe!


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