• penne sausage vodka sauce

    Sausage and Penne with Vodka Sauce

    Penne with Vodka Sauce is a pretty classic Italian-American pasta recipe.  It makes for a great weeknight, family-style meal and is recognizable to most people by its distinctive sauce color.  Vodka sauce really makes sense from a culinary stance.  Alcohol helps to bring out flavors, and  vodka is pretty high in alcohol itself with almost no flavor.  This combines to really highlight natural flavors in the tomato sauce without adding a lot of competing flavor.  In general, I really like cooking with alcohol; there are so many kinds, flavors, and uses.  Unfortunately for vodka, not having any flavor of its own limits it to more specific uses like this one…