Penne with Vodka Sauce & Italian Sausage

Penne with vodka sauce is a classic, but when you add in Italian Sausage it becomes a new family favourite!

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Penne with Vodka Sauce & Italian Sausage in a Red Skillet

Let me preface by saying that this penne with vodka sauce is probably Mike’s new favourite pasta. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s THAT good, or because we ate it at 8:30 after skipping lunch and installing the railing on our deck. We were kind of starving at that point!

Penne with vodka sauce has always been a favourite of mine, and not just because of the vodka. There is just something so right about a tomato cream sauce over pasta. However not just pasta, but freshly made pasta!

While this is the third and last recipe I will be posting as a result of my time spent trying out the Philips Avance Pasta Maker, it certainly won’t be the last time I use that machine. We are totally hooked on fresh pasta. The machine has made it so easy to use that my son makes pasta with it now. He loves using it!

A kid trying out the Philips Avance Pasta Maker

The Philips Pasta Maker automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes the pasta through your chosen pasta disc. You simply cut the pasta at your desired length and away you go!

Now, I did find that for the penne pasta I had to do it my way instead of following the recipe and manual exactly and because you are making a hollow pasta, the dough must be just right. It took me a couple of tries to master the dough (and that might be because we are in the middle of a crazy humid, rainy week) but once I did, it was gangbusters!

Philips Pasta Maker releasing the dough, laying the long tubes and letting them dry

I also found that laying the long tubes out and letting them dry slightly for an hour helped when I cut them into smaller pieces, they didn’t stick as much. If you don’t have a non-stick surface, make sure to flour it before you lay the pasta on it!

Penne success! I used program 2 on the Pasta Maker that makes around 500-600 grams of pasta.

Penne with Vodka Sauce & Italian Sausage in Red Skillet on a dining table with two candle lights

Now, my penne and vodka sauce has over a pound of ground Italian sausage in it and that makes all the difference. Yes, you can make it without for a vegetarian version, but the real amazing flavour comes from the ground sausage.You can also leave out the vodka if wanted, it’s an extremely versatile recipe!

Happy cooking all!


Penne with Vodka Sauce & Italian Sausage

Penne with vodka sauce is a classic, but when you add in Italian Sausage it becomes a new family favourite!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Main Course
6 servings
Karlynn Johnston


  • 500-600 grams of fresh penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 375 gram package of mild or spicy Italian Sausage
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 796 ml can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • Parmesan cheese flakes to top


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes (the penne are quite thick and takes a while to cook!) until it reaches your desired doneness.
  • In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil then fry the ground Italian sausage until cooked. Add in the garlic and sauté for two minutes until browned.
  • Drain the grease (some people prefer to keep the grease in, the choice is up to you).
  • Add in the tomatoes and sugar. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Mix in the vodka and the whipping cream.
  • Bring to a boil again and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add in the pasta, toss to coat.
  • Serve with Parmesan on top.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 512kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 537mg, Potassium: 267mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 290IU, Vitamin C: 1.9mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Natalie says

    I would love to make linguine using this pasta maker!

  2. Michelle Policelli says

    I would definitely try making Penne pasta first with this pasta maker!

  3. christine w says

    I would love to try to make spaghetti for carbonara!

  4. Dan Dykstra says

    I like angel hair pasta. Not sure if it can make thin noodles.

  5. Vanessa says

    Have always wanted to try making homemade pasta!

  6. Leona says

    I would have to try spaghetti first……however the penne with vodka sauce looks absolutely fabulous.

  7. Rachel says

    I would like to make linguine with this machine first.

  8. Juli Smith says

    I would make any and every kind of pasta I could think of! My five kids love pasta ????

  9. Bonnie says

    I would love to make sun dried tomato fettucine with this pasta maker

  10. Bianca Tang says

    i’d love to try any kind of pasta! ive never made homemade pasta before

  11. Sandra Routliffe says

    I’d love to try making spaghetti – it looks like so much fun!

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