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Vodka Sauce is Deliciousness

What to do with leftover sausage? I immediately thought about an Italian pasta dish and I've been craving Vodka Sauce, so I went with that!

I didn't start entirely from scratch. I built the sauce off of a 28oz can of Trader Joe's Tuscano Marinara Sauce that I had on hand. In order to amp up the flavor, I did the following.

1. Chopped up 1 large yellow onion and sauteed it until translucent in olive oil and butter. I added two minced cloves of garlic to this as well. 

2. After this was done (about 5 minutes), I added 1/4 cup of vodka. I let that simmer for 5 more minutes.

3. I added the marinara sauce as well as a generous helping of dried herbs (I used basil, rosemary and parsley, but whatever you like and have on hand is fine). I let this simmer for about 15 minutes more minutes.

4. I added 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. I let this simmer for about 15 more minutes (there is A LOT of simmering happening!)

  This photo is after Steps 1-4 were complete

This photo is after Steps 1-4 were complete

I had some gemelli pasta on hand, so I boiled that until al dente. 

  Naked Pasta - don't look!

Naked Pasta - don't look!

In a separate pan, I cooked up the sweet Italian sausage I had left over from when I made Sausage & Peppers

  Yum!

Yum!

Once everything was combined, I had a beautiful masterpiece!

  Everybody is so happy together!

Everybody is so happy together!

This was an excellent "recipe" - sometimes I do cook without using really strict directions and it works out really well!

Oh, you said you wanted a close up? You got it!

  Look at that deliciousness!

Look at that deliciousness!

I portioned out the remaining sauce into different containers and froze it for dinner another night! I typically don't love leftovers, but I can get behind this delicious sauce. 

Cheers!
Liz