Quick and easy Penne with a Spicy Vodka Sauce is the perfect meal for company!
This post is done as a collaboration with Fresh First Chicken Sausage. All opinions are my own.
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. That was incredible. 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!Restaurant quality Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce, made gluten free! Click To Tweet
Not 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 soo 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.
Spicy Vodka Sauce
This sauce is one of the easiest you will ever make; it has seven 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 fairly inexpensive to make and can feed a crowd.
A Few Notes:
- 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 pasta that will hold up to the sauce.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
Happy Gluten Free Eating!