Penne with Sausage Tomato Vodka Sauce
2 Sweet Italian sausage brats
8 oz uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
2 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 t to 1/2 t crushed red pepper
1/4 t salt
1 (15oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 cup half and half cream
2 T vodka
1/3 c fresh minced parsley
.Bring large pot of water to boil. Once boiling add penne and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Drain and set aside.
2.Place sausage on a microwave safe plate. Cover with a paper towel. Cook at full power for 2 minutes, flip sausage over and cook an additional 2 minutes or until internal temperature of sausage reaches 160 degrees. Set aside.
3.Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add minced garlic, and pepper flakes. Stir constantly until garlic is a light golden brown. Add salt and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.
4.Add half and half and vodka. Bring sauce to a boil then lower temperature and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
5.While sauce is simmering cut sausages into bite size pieces.
6.Add sausage and pasta to sauce. Continue simmering 2 to 3 minutes. Add chopped parsley and gently toss.