Sausage with Penne and Vodka Sauce

About 3 years ago my husband and I went on a cruise to Canada.  We left from New York City and stopped at St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  We had a great time!  One night for dinner, I didn’t feel like having anything else on the menu, so I picked pasta with vodka sauce.  I had never had vodka sauce before and had never even heard of it before.  The sauce was delicious and was a little lighter than a traditional red sauce.
I knew I had to try making pasta with vodka sauce and found that they sell the sauce in the store.  We tried making the pasta with chicken and shrimp, which were both good, but we found that the sauce went the best with sausage.   This is one of our go to meals, and we always keep the ingredients in the house.  This meal is easy and the sauce is delicious. 
This is a great meal since there are only three ingredients and it makes a lot, so we always have leftovers.  Everyone should try making this sauce as an alternative to traditional red sauce.  It goes so well with sausage and makes a great meal. Enjoy!!
Sausage with Penne and Vodka Sauce

1 lb. of smoked sausage
1 box (about 14 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta (can substitute regular pasta)
1 jar (24 ounces) Vodka Sauce
Parmesan Cheese (optional)
1.  Put the sausage on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes or cook in a skillet over medium heat until browned. (I like to cook the sausage in the oven because I feel it gives it more flavor).  Remove from the oven or stove and cube the sausage.  
2.  Meanwhile, cook the whole wheat penne according to the package directions.  
3.  Heat the sauce on medium heat until it boils and then lower the heat and simmer until the pasta is done, stirring occasionally.  
4.  Combine the sausage, pasta, and sauce.  Serve with Parmesan Cheese.  


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  1. Sounds amazing! I’m cooking pasta this week and I’m gonna give this recipe a try. Yum!

  2. Oh my gosh Alyssa….this looks sooooo good! I’ve yet to try vodka sauce myself…this might be a good recipe to start with! : )

  3. This sounds delicious. (I’ll be cooking my sausage in the oven rather than the stove top from now on. Thanks for the tip!)

  4. Thanks for linking this to Must Try Monday. I am glad to see that you liked it, as I saw it on Pinterest awhile ago, and was wondering how it was.

  5. I would eat the heck out of a bowl of this. The entire thing, really. No shame in my game. 😉

  6. Sounds great! I linked via What’s New Wednesday, and I am a new follower. Patsy

  7. This looks delicious and would definitely work in my house with hubby for the sausage and pasta for my monster. Thanks for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  8. This looks so delicious!! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I love pasta & this looks like a winner :)

  10. I love vodka sauce. This is definitely making me hungry. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  11. Have you tried making the sauce from scratch? Looks yummy.

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @

    • I haven’t tried making the sauce from scratch, I’ll have to try that sometime. Thanks for stopping by and following!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. I’ve never even heard of Vodka sauce, now I’m very curious to where I can find it. The recipe sounds really easy too. Thanks for sharing.

    • I just found it in the pasta sauce aisle of the grocery store. I know Bertoli makes one, and I’m pretty sure some of the other big brands do as well.

  14. Thanks for linking this great pasta dish up @CountryMommaCooks and have a wonderful Sunday:)

  15. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is featured on Today’s Recipe Round Up #3 from Cast Party Wednesday Link Party #33. THANK YOU for sharing your recipe with us! —Sheryl—