Pasta in Vodka Sauce with Sausage
This amazing creamy pasta Bolognese dish will you feel like you are in pasta heaven!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Creamy Vodka Sauce:
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 10 oz package of mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1 cup chicken broth unsalted (if using not sodium free broth, adjust salt to taste)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 20 leaves fresh basil torn
- Parmesan optional
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and 1 chopped onion. Gently saute onions and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness.
Add 10 oz of sliced mushrooms, cook for 2-3 minutes until mushrooms release their moisture. Add 1.5 pound of pork sausage, breaking it down with a fork. Cook sausage for 3 minutes, until it’s broken down in nice little chunks. It doesn’t have to be cooked through. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and mix well into the skillet.
VODKA SAUCE: Reduce heat (or even remove pan from heat) and add ½ cup vodka to the pan, in a steady stream, VERY SLOWLY. Increase heat to medium high to reduce vodka by cooking for 2 or 3 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and 1 can (32 oz) tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Stir cream into sauce and simmer on low heat, while pasta is cooking (next step).
PASTA: While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente.
Now back to the skillet with sauce. Add about 20 fresh basil leaves and cook for an additional minute, then remove skillet from heat.
Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce. Taste and add more seasoning, if necessary.
Serve in bowls with a few leaves of basil sprinkled on top and more freshly grated Parmesan, to taste.
Calories: 998kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 1622mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 27.2% | Vitamin C: 37.7% | Calcium: 15.6% | Iron: 37.6%