Spaghetti and Italian Sausage with Vodka Sauce (MOMZ CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE)

Time for Momz Crazy Cooking Challenge again! Love to see the new challenges that she comes up with. My hubby was particularly excited about this month’s “spaghetti with red sauce” challenge. I am convinced that if I wasn’t here, he would live on spaghetti. I try not to make pasta too much, so it was a nice treat for hubby. The little man actually liked it too. Unlike his dad, he is not too crazy about pasta, but he does love the red sauce and Italian sausage.

When I was starting to look for the recipe, I had no idea which red sauce to make. Then I realized, that I am yet to make or even try the Vodka Sauce. I cook with wine all the time but only tried cooking with vodka once. ( I actually prefer this ingredient raw … wink, wink). It was very good, you can go see the Chicken Pomodoro, its yummy!

Thanks to Pinterest for leading me to 6 Bittersewets to find my perfect match. Her Spaghetti with Vodka Sauce looked perfect enough to copy (see it HERE).

Ingredients:
1/2 pound dry thin spaghetti pasta OR any other pasta
Package of Italian sausage
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained (next time I will use 2 cans and drain)
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp thinly sliced fresh basil
Shredded Parmesan cheese and parsley, to top

Directions:
1. Cook the pasta according to the package
2. Heat oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until transparent. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
3. Add the vodka and slowly simmer until about 1/3 of the liquid is cooked down.
4. Add the vegetable stock, mix well and cook for about two minutes.

5. Add the tomatoes, basil and salt. Cook for about 15 minutes.
~ Cook the sausage while the sauce is cooking.
6. Transfer into the blender and blend well until smooth, make sure to open the flap to let the steam escape.
7. Return the sauce to the pot. Add the heavy cream, mix well and cook on medium for about 5 more minutes.

8. Top off the pasta with the sausage and sauce. Sprinkle with some shredded Parmesan and don’t forget the fresh herbs :)

Enjoy!!

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Comments

  1. I’ve never made a vodka sauce…I may have to start with this one!
    #29

  2. I wish my hubby would like spaghetti as often as I would. He’ll tolerate it as long as it’s full of meat or covered in cheese. On second thought – it’s probably a good thing he won’t eat it as often as I’d like!

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my CCC – #75 Spaghetti Pie

    :)
    ButterYum

  3. Can’t wait to try this, been looking for an excuse to dust off the vodka bottle in the back of the cabinet. Your photos are just beautiful!

  4. Penne with vodka sauce is one of mine and hubby’s FAVORITE sauces ;-) Yours sounds delish!
    Happy CCC-ing :-)

  5. I have yet to try a vodka sauce but you have me wanting to have it. Looks delicious.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. I have never tried vodka in sauce, but I bet it would be good. I used a little wine in my sauce for this challenge and it turned out delicious too.

  7. Vodka sauce is my favorite, but I’ve never made it before! Thanks for the great share. Pinning it! I saw your link at Shabby Friday – so glad I clicked (hit like too) – I’m a new follower. have a great weekend!

  8. Hi Lyuba,
    This is a wonderful Spaghetti with that Vodka Sauce would make it a very special evening! It is fun cooking with you in the CCC and hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  9. Thanks for sharing the vodka sauce. I’ve always enjoyed it in a restaurant but forget to find a recipe. Appreciate your leg work! Love this challenge, myself. Can’t imagine a home without pasta! I’m #28. Come visit when you can.


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