Rigatoni a la Vodka

November 8, 2013 by Kari Karch

Learn how to make this delicious rigatoni a la vodka with Italian sausage recipe from Kenmore Executive Chef Kari Karch!


preparation time
0 mins

cook time




2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion diced

3 cloves garlic minced

1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

0.5 cup vodka

1 28oz can San Marzano tomatoes

1 5 ounce tub of mascarpone cheese

0.25 cup heavy cream

0.5 cup parmesan cheese

1 pounds Italian sausage links cooked and sliced thin


Cook onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper in olive oil until soft.

Form mixture into a circle with a hole in the middle, pour vodka in the center of the circle and allow to cook off (about 5 minutes). **Pour vodka into a shot glass or other wide-rimmed container before pouring into the pot. Never pour alcohol directly from a bottle into a hot pan. It is flammable and there is a chance that flames could find there way into the bottle and cause it to explode.

Puree can of tomatoes and add to the mixture.

Add the mascarpone and heavy cream, stir until combined and hot.

Add cheese and simmer over low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. About 1-2 tsp of each should be good.

Toss with the Italian sausage, rigatoni pasta and garnish with basil.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.