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5 from 7 votes

Vegan Vodka Sauce

This Vegan Vodka Sauce makes delicious creamy pasta without using any cream. It's vegan, it's spicy, and the perfect comfort food
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Vegan
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: healthy, Pasta, vegan, vodka
Servings: 4
Calories: 651kcal
Author: Ayeh
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  • 350 g penne pasta
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 7 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • cup vodka (or vegetable stock or water)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
  • Nutritional yeast or Vegan parmesan cheese
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra basil leaves or fresh parsley


  • Soak cashews in a bowl with boiling water for 20 minutes
  • Dice onion and garlic into small cubes and sauté in olive oil over medium heat until translucent
  • Add tomato paste and fry together for 5-8 minutes to release all the beautiful flavor. Then add vodka, cook the alcohol down in the sauce, season with salt and pepper and chill flakes
  • At the same time, add the pasta to a pot with heavily salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Make sure not to overcook as pasta will need to finish cooking in the sauce
  • Drain cashews, add to a food processer or blender with 1 cup of warm water. Blend until smooth to create cashew cream
  • Pour cashew cream into the sauce, stir together and season with salt and pepper
    Add a good splash of pasta water to the sauce, tear in the basil leaves and let it simmer
  • Add the cooked pasta along with the nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan cheese. Stir and cook together on medium heat for a few minutes until pasta is cooked and nicely coated in the creamy sauce. If sauce is too thick, add another splash of pasta water
  • Serve with some extra basil leaves on top and enjoy your creamy bowl of goodness :)



Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4mg