Recipe: Penne Pasta with Creamy Vodka Sauce

“I have an Italian colleague that I owe this whole recipe to.”

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Who’s ready to talk pasta? And vodka sauce? And ground sausage? Because those are kind of three things that make an amazing combo, and I’m about to share one bangin’ recipe with you all.

THE SAUCE:

  1. 1 tablespoon butter/olive oil
  2. 3-6 cloves of garlic (depending on your taste for garlic)
  3. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  4. 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste (also depending on your taste)
  5. salt and pepper

REAMINING INGREDIENTS:

  1. pasta of your choosing – I use 8-10 oz. of penne
  2. meat of your choosing – I use 1 lb. ground sausage (but I’ve heard shrimp is an excellent choice as well)

Brown your sausage first, and let it sit on low while you prepare the sauce.

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Start by mincing your garlic. Heat the 1 tablespoon of butter/olive oil over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic. Stir consistently so that the garlic is cooking evenly and preventing it from burning. Once the garlic has softened, add the pint of heavy whipping cream and turn the heat up to medium-high. Bring this to a boil and then turn down the heat so that cream continues to simmer.

*In the meantime, start cooking that pasta.

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Cream will start to thicken after 4-5 minutes, but feel free to cook it longer if it has not reached your desired consistency. Once you are happy with it, start adding 1 tablespoon of tomato paste at a time and taste test until you like the mixture. I end up adding 3 tablespoons because I like the way it tastes – but it’s really up to you!

Add the sauce and meat to your pot and stir it all up.

And voila! A delicious meal for any pasta-lover. I make caesar salad and garlic bread on the side to complete the dish, and usually have to go back for seconds. Enjoy!

Xoxo,

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