Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce {Gluten Free}

Penne wih Spicy Vodka Sauce

Quick and easy Penne with a Spicy Vodka Sauce is the perfect meal for company! Penne wih Spicy Vodka SauceThis post is done as a collaboration with Fresh First Chicken Sausage. I was provided the sausage at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Eating Out Challenge

My husband and I have some great friends who are experts at finding the best restaurants to eat at. Luckily, they also seem to be in the know about which restaurants have a gluten free option, while the food is always amazing, generally it can be pretty pricey (this is Miami after all). Awhile back we went to an Italian Restaurant that offered a Gluten Free Penne Pasta with a Spicy Vodka Sauce. It was amazing. I was in love with it and so was my husband, so of course I had to recreate it. Not trying to be conceited, but mine is even better, just ask my husband!

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Penne wih Spicy Vodka Sauce

First Fresh

Fresh First SausageNot to long ago I was contacted by First Fresh and up and coming Gluten Free Chicken Sausage company. The wife of the founder has Celiac Disease, so the company has a vested interest in making products that are not only delicious, but safe for Celiacs. Currently they offer Sausage Breakfast Links, Mild Italian Sausage, and a Hot Sausage. Normally I use a pork based Mild Italian Sausage for this recipe, but the chicken Mild Italian Sausage from First Fresh has 78% less fat than pork sausage so I decided to give it a shot and I’m glad I did. It is soooo good. I had no idea so much flavor could be packed into a sausage without all the fat.


I knew that this sausage would be PERFECT for this Spicy Vodka Sauce.

Penne wih Spicy Vodka Sauce

Spicy Vodka Sauce

This sauce is one of the easiest you will ever make, it literally has 7 ingredients: Mild Italian Sausage, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Crushed Tomatoes, Cream, Vodka, and Parmesan Cheese. If you aren’t a fan of spicy, just leave out the Red Pepper Flakes. I like to serve it with my Cheesy, Garlic Biscuits (my version of a Red Lobster Biscuit- Recipe coming soon!) and a bit of salad. It is actually fairly inexpensive to make and can feed a crowd.

A Few Notes:

  • I used First Fresh Mild Italian Chicken Sausage, you could use pork, but since there is a whole cup of cream, it saves you a bit of the fat and it tastes just as good, if not better.
  • There is a whole cup of cream in this. You could use half, but cream comes in one cup containers so you might as well just use it all.
  • Use gluten free vodka. Most are, but always double check your ingredients.
  • If you cannot find gluten free penne pasta, you could use another type, I’ve used rotini and is was fine, you just want a pasta that will hold up to the sauce.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce {Gluten Free}

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce {Gluten Free}


  • 1 12 ounce box gluten free penne pasta
  • 8 ounces gluten free Mild Italian Sausage (I used Fresh First Chicken Sausage)
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup gluten free vodka
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Boil pasta according to package directions for al dente. Do not over cook.
  2. Brown 8 ounces of sausage with garlic and red pepper. Break up sausage into small pieces.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add vodka and simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in cream and Parmesan cheese. Allow to simmer for three minutes.
  6. Toss cooked pasta in sauce.
  7. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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34 thoughts on “Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce {Gluten Free}

  1. Ooh, I love penne with vodka sauce, but hadn’t tried it with chicken sausage. SO making that! I’m wondering if they have that brand in my area, as I haven’t seen it yet.

    • It’s a fairly new brand, they are expanding.. It can be made with pork sausage, but I really loved the flavor of this particular chicken sausage!

  2. This looks so great. Am I the only who didn’t know there was actual vodka in the recipe? I guess I never realized where the “vodka’ in the name came from haha!

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