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Rigatoni Vodka

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword rigatoni vodka, pasta alla vodka, penne vodka, vodka sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 655 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1/2 lb mild or sweet italian sausage
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sugar ``
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb rigatoni
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pasta water


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. It should taste as salty as the sea.

  2. Heat a large skillet to a medium-high heat. Add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausage up as it browns.

  3. Once the sausage is brown, add the garlic cloves. Saute for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomato puree, vodka, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover.

  4. While the sauce simmers, drop the pasta into the boiling water. Stir. Cook until the pasta is just UNDER aldente. It will finish cooking in the sauce.

  5. When the pasta is about 1 minute shy of cooked, stir the cream and spinach into the tomato sauce. Continue to stir and simmer until the spinach has wilted. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the rigatoni to the sauce. Reserve pasta water.

  6. Sprinkle cheese on top of pasta, and gently toss the noodles and cheese with the sauce. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of starchy pasta water to loosen up the sauce. Continue to toss until all the noodles are coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with more parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Rigatoni Vodka
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 655 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 902mg39%
Potassium 985mg28%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2196IU44%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.