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This vegan spicy vodka pasta sauce is a healthy version of the classic Italian dish, penne alla vodka. This recipe is creamy and cozy, not to mention dairy-free and gluten-free.
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Vegan Spicy Vodka Sauce

This vegan spicy vodka pasta sauce is a healthy version of the classic Italian dish, penne alla vodka. This recipe is creamy and cozy, not to mention dairy-free and gluten-free.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ pound gluten-free pasta penne is traditional
  • 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon each: salt, pepper, dried oregano
  • 1 oz vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Before cooking, soak the cashews in boiling water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, drain the cashews and blend with ¼ cup fresh water. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Boil water, add some salt, and cook the pasta according to package instructions. The sauce should come together in the time the pasta cooks.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste and spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the vodka and let it evaporate for 1 minute, then add the cashew cream and nutritional yeast.
  • Turn the heat to medium low. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water then drain. Add the pasta and pasta water to the sauce skillet and stir to incorporate. Let the pasta cook in the sauce for 1 minute.
  • Serve and garnish with fresh parsley and more red pepper flakes. Enjoy!