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Penne Alla Vodka Veggiekins Blog

Vegan Penne alla Vodka

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan penne alla vodka is a creamy dairy-free pasta sauce with cashew cream, tomato, sweet onion and garlic: an easy plant-based dinner.


  • 10 oz gluten free pasta of choice
  • 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water

dairy free vodka sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vodka (optional)
  • 15 oz peeled tomatoes
  • 23 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp creamy, unsweetened cashew butter
  • pinch red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

to garnish

  • fresh basil
  • vegan parmesan (or grated macadamia nut)


  1. Prepare your pasta according to package directions, al dente. Reserve pasta water for later.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your sauce. Add olive oil to a pan, and sauté onions until translucent and fragrant. Don’t brown! Next add garlic, and sauté again for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high, add vodka and cook down until almost fully evaporated.
  4. Next, add tomatoes and tomato paste to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Transfer pan contents to a blender, add cashew butter, 1/4 cup reserved pasta water and blend until completely smooth.
  6. Transfer your dairy-free vodka sauce back into the pan and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Add additional pasta water as needed to thin.
  7. Finally, add cooked pasta to the sauce along with additional pasta cooking water as needed and enjoy. Garnish your vegan vodka pasta with fresh basil and vegan parmesan if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: main dishes, pasta
  • Method: sautéing, blending
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: italian, pasta, vodka sauce, gluten free pasta, dairy free, cashew butter, blender, 30 minute meals