Cook the penne in salted boiling water as per packet instructions; drain (but reserve water) and keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil and add the sliced sausages; fry lightly for 1-2 minutes, drain and keep aside.
Heat the remaining oil and add the garlic and shallots; sauté till softened.
Next add the tomato paste and sugar; cook on low heat for 2 minutes or till the paste turns a vibrant brick red.
Then add the vodka and continue to cook on low heat for another 2 minutes (it’s important to cook for 2 minutes so that all the alcohol evaporates leaving behind only the flavour)
Next add the cream followed by the pasta and fried sausages; season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
Add the butter and enough pasta water to get a rich, creamy sauce like consistency.
Serve warm with grated parmesan and fresh parsley.