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Grilled Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage with Tomato Vodka Sauce over Linguine

Grilled Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage with Tomato Vodka Sauce over Linguine

This easy to prepare family favorite is a central part of weeknight meal planning. Add dinner rolls and a tossed salad for a complete meal.

prep. time:
10 min
cook time:
10 min


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  • 2 cups Classico® Vodka Sauce Pasta Sauce
  • 1 package (12 oz.) al fresco® Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, fully cooked
  • 2 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Chopped fresh onions
  • 1 tsp. Minced fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 17 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, with Italian herbs (with juices)
  • 1/2 lb. Linguine pasta
  • 2 oz. Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh Oregano sprigs (optional)


  1. Prepare grill for direct cooking, preheat to medium temperature range. Grill sausage links over direct heat, turning every minute until sausage reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from grill. Cool slightly. Cut sausage into ¼" circles.
  2. Meanwhile, using medium-high heat, heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add onions and sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook, just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to low and add tomatoes, sausage, and vodka sauce. Simmer on low for 5 - 8 minutes.
  3. Cook linguine in boiling salted water, according to package directions. Cook until al dente. Drain.
  4. Portion cooked linguine onto warm plates or pasta bowls. Spoon sausage/sauce over pasta. Sprinkle each with Parmesan and garnish with sprigs of fresh oregano.