This is one of the best meals I’ve ever made.
Not only was it really good, it was really simple too.
We love making pasta at our house because it’s always a huge hit…but who wants to eat the same boring spaghetti and jarred sauce all the time? Not me! So, I’m constantly revamping spaghetti and meat sauce to please my pasta lovers.
I love ordering a vodka sauce on my pasta at restaurants, so I thought I’d make my own…and it was really simple! Don’t worry if you have little ones, the sauce simmers long enough to let the alcohol burn off…but it leaves behind a great depth of flavor.
Next time you want to reach for that jarred sauce, stop! Instead, try whipping up this yummy dish. Your family is going to LOVE it too!
This recipe makes enough for 4 adults.
1 (16 oz) box of fettuccine or spaghetti noodles
1 pound of sausage (we used an Italian pork sausage)
1 onion, chopped
1 cup Vodka
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons half & half, cream or milk
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (plus a little more for garnish)
Salt and Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Basil to garnish
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat and drop your pasta to cook until al dente.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your sausage in a tablespoon or so of EVOO. Once your sausage is browned and crumbly, stir in your onion along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute the onion and sausage mixture over medium heat 4 or 5 minutes. Slowly stir in your vodka and de-glaze the pan (scrape up the little bits with a wooden spoon as you stir the vodka in with the sausage and onion). Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in your tomato paste and tomato sauce. Simmer together 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often.
After 8 to 10 minutes, stir in your half and half and Parmesan cheese. Drain your pasta and add your cooked pasta to the meat sauce. Stir to combine everything.
Portion out your pasta on to plates and garnish with chopped basil and a little more Parmesan cheese.