Italian Drunken Noodles


  • 12 oz Egg Noodles, cooked to your liking
  • 1 lb Ground Italian sausage
  • 2 Bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 tsp Minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ C White cooking wine
  • 28 oz Can diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 Tbsp Dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley for garnish

How To Make Italian Drunken Noodles:

  1. In a large saucepan or skillet with deep sides, cook the ground Italian sausage and chopped bell peppers over medium-high heat until the meat is fully browned and the peppers have started to soften.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the minced garlic and Italian seasoning, and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the white cooking wine and continue to sauté until the liquid in the pot is reduced by half.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice), dried basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine.
  5. Incorporate the cooked egg noodles into the sauce, stirring until everything is heated through.
  6. Serve the noodles topped with grated Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley for garnish.

Additional Tips:

  • Noodle Preparation: Cook the egg noodles al dente so they retain some bite and don’t become mushy when mixed with the sauce.
  • Sausage Selection: Choose high-quality Italian sausage for the best flavor. You can use either spicy or sweet sausage based on your preference.
  • Wine Reduction: Be patient while reducing the wine to intensify the flavors without a strong alcohol taste.
  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like onions or mushrooms for added flavor and texture.
  • Serving Suggestion: This dish pairs well with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete meal.

Nutrition Facts:

Note: These values are approximate and can vary based on the specific ingredients used.

  • Calories: Approximately 450-500 per serving
  • Protein: Roughly 20-25g per serving, mainly from the sausage
  • Fat: About 20-30g per serving, depending on the sausage and cheese used
  • Carbohydrates: Around 40-50g per serving, primarily from the noodles and vegetables
  • Sodium: Can be high due to the Italian sausage and canned tomatoes; consider using low-sodium options if necessary
  • Dietary Fiber: Approximately 3-5g per serving, from the vegetables

Italian Drunken Noodles offer a delightful blend of savory sausage, tender noodles, and robust Italian flavors, making it a hearty and satisfying dish. However, those monitoring their sodium or calorie intake should consider portion sizes and ingredient choices.