One Pot Penne Alla Vodka with Sausage

  • Author: Morgan
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 8 oz hot Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb uncooked penne pasta
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese, to top


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and shallot and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Crumble the sausage into the pot and brown all over, but don’t cook through.
  2. Pour in the vodka and cook until it slightly reduces, about 2 minutes. Add in the chicken stock and crushed tomatoes and bring to a low boil. Add in the penne and cook, stirring often, until pasta is al dente, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add in the heavy cream, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, salt, pepper, and basil leaves. Cook for 5 more minutes, or until warmed through, stirring occasionally. If your sauce becomes too thick, add a bit more chicken stock or water to thin.
  4. Top with additional basil leaves and parmesan cheese, to serve.