Italian Meatballs with Vodka Sauce and Pasta

Kathy Williams


This is my version of the ever so popular vodka sauce. Really good.


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30 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    sweet italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb
    ground chicken
  • 1 c
    bread crumbs
  • 1 large
  • 8 oz
    mascarpone cheese divided
  • 1 medium
    shallot, minced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper

  • 3 oz
    bacon (3 strips) sliced into small strips
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1 small
    onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomatoe paste
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 can(s)
    28oz of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can(s)
    14 oz of diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp
    smoked paprika, mild
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1-2 tsp
    brown sugar
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 oz
    mascarpone cheese,
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 lb
    bow tie,or penne, pasta

How to Make Italian Meatballs with Vodka Sauce and Pasta


  1. In a large bowl, add 4oz of mascarpone cheese, and the rest of the ingrediants of the Italian meatball list. Roll into the size meatball you like. Set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan add a 1 tablespoon olive oil, and on med heat saute bacon until the edges are crisp but still tender.
    Add onion and garlic and cook until tender.
    Add tomato paste and pepper flakes saute for 1 minute.
  3. With med-high heat add the vodka and let steam off and deglaze the pan. Cook for 1-2 minute.
    Add tomatoes,bay leaf, and paprika. Reduce to med-low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the brown sugar and slowly add the heavy cream and mascarpone cheese. Stir until melted.
    Simmer for additonal 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large cast iron skillet or pan. Brown meatballs on all sides and place them on a baking pan. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.Or until done.
  6. Meanwhile cook the pasta. Drain.Toss meatballs with some vodka sauce. In a large bowl, combine pasta and Vodka sauce toss to coat pasta.
    Add meatballs and top with grated Parmesian cheese.

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About Italian Meatballs with Vodka Sauce and Pasta

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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