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vegan penne alla vodka in a bowl topped with fresh basil leaves and red chili flakes
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5 from 3 votes

Vegan Penne alla Vodka

This vegan penne alla vodka recipe is a lighter version of classic penne vodka that is just as delicious! The final result is a creamy, flavorful, and slightly spicy sauce that pairs perfectly with penne and your favorite add-ins.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian-Inspired
Keyword: dairy-free vodka pasta, vegan penne alla vodka, vodka pasta, vodka penne
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 495kcal


  • 10 ounces penne or any other type of pasta (can be gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 cups tomato passata
  • ¾ cup vegan cashew Alfredo sauce
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil leaves (optional) chopped


  • Prepare the vegan cashew Alfredo sauce according to recipe instructions.
  • Cook the pasta according to instructions until al dente. Then save some pasta water, drain, and set aside.
  • Preheat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and onion until the onion turns translucent.
  • Next, add the vodka, passata, Alfredo sauce, and pasta water to the pan. Stir until the ingredients are combined.
  • Now add the red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the pasta to the pan. Stir until the pasta is covered with sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves (optional) and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg