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Vegan Vodka Sauce Recipe (Penne Alla Vodka)

This vegan vodka sauce recipe is creamy, luscious, velvety, and totally plant-based! Toss with penne pasta for a tasty dairy free version of the classic.

Grab a fork, and enjoy!  We love serving this super creamy vegan vodka pasta with a pot luck salad and air fryer garlic bread for a complete meal. This is one restaurant-quality dish that is SO simple to make at home.

dairy free vodka pasta sauce without cream recipe with a napkin, tomatoes, and basil for garnish. .

One of my favorite restaurant dishes to order is pasta with vodka sauce, I love the tomatoey creamy sauce combo forever!   And what’s better than recreating a super yummy dish in your own kitchen, with better ingredients and for a fraction of the cost?  This vegan penne alla vodka recipe is a fantastic pasta dish you can make at home.

This creamy plant-based pasta alla vodka sauce recipe is loaded with sauteed vegetables, bold flavors from tomatoes and vodka, and a creamy addition to this blended sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta (I love penne or shells!) and Mangia.

This Plant Based Vodka Sauce Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Creamy
  • Luxurious
  • Satisfying
  • Dairy Free, Vegan, and Gluten Free!
vegan vodka sauce with penne pasta in a bowl with basil leaves and cherry tomatoes with a spoon.

Make Vodka Sauce Dairy Free for a Plant-Based Version

This dairy-free vodka sauce is a fantastic take on the classic without all the dairy. I’m all about making recipes plant-based and with simple ingredients when I can. Dairy-free cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. You can achieve total richness and creaminess with some simple swaps. 

By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegan recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and tasty recipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

What’s In This Vegan Vodka Pasta Sauce Recipe?

  • Garlic, Onions, Parsley 
  • Vodka – as it’s one of the key ingredients, use a really good vodka that you’d drink (no bottom shelf stuff for this recipe). You want a nice smooth vodka that is high quality.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: a little olive oil to sauté the vegetables. Or use vegan butter.
  • Diced Tomatoes:  I only use no salt added diced tomatoes, these boxed tomatoes are really great to stock up on! You can also use tomato sauce, tomato paste, or crushed tomatoes instead.
  • Italian Seasoning Blend: usually has thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley, etc. I love this bright and flavorful Italian season mix which brings this amazing dish to life.
  • Cashews: I love raw unsalted cashews in this recipe – there’s no need to get roasted nuts, as the raw cashews make the perfect cashew cream to this recipe. It’s a vegan version of heavy cream that is traditional in penne alla vodka.
  • Plant-Based Milk, like soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
  • Nutritional yeast – for flavor and cheesy taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Pasta – you can use a gluten-free pasta, whole wheat pasta, chickpea pasta, or any type of penne.
  • Fresh basil or fresh parsley to top

See the recipe card below for specifics and quantities!

dairy free vodka sauce pasta recipe with basil tomatoes cashew cream and garlic in a bowl.

Vegan Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

This vegetarian vodka pasta sauce is the tastiest, coziest dinner meal. It’s perfect for a hearty meal for the family, and also great to make for company if you are having guests for dinner.

It makes a great holiday meal as well, and a great veg addition to the table. The stove does most of the work, so you can enjoy hands-off time while you prep sides or a salad! 

How To Make Vodka Sauce Vegan

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook penne al dente according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In another pot, add the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions over medium heat, for about 2-3 minutes until they begin to shimmer. Add the diced tomatoes and vodka, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until the alcohol has evaporated. Add the cashews, vegetable stock, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook covered for 25 minutes. 
  3. Once sauce is finished cooking, carefully remove the pot from the heat. Transfer the sauce to a blender (or use an immersion hand blender in the pot). Blend in high until the sauce becomes thick and creamy. 
  4. Toss sauce with penne and serve hot. Garnish cooked pasta with fresh chopped basil, cracked pepper, and enjoy.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
vegan vodka pasta sauce without milk topped with basil and fresh chopped tomatoes in a bowl with fresk cracked black pepper.

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Oat Milk Alfredo Sauce Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Vegan Stuffed Shells Recipe (Dairy Free & Egg Free)

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe (Vegan)

Hummus Pasta Sauce Recipe with Lemon (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Vegan Pasta Salad with Mayo Recipe (Egg & Dairy Free)

gluten free vodka sauce pasta recipe with creamy cashews and tomatoes in a plate with a striped napkin and wooden spoon.

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dairy free vodka pasta sauce without cream recipe with a napkin, tomatoes, and basil for garnish. .

Vegan Vodka Sauce

Kelly Jensen
This Vegan Vodka Sauce recipe is creamy, luscious, velvety, and totally plant-based! Toss with penne pasta for a tasty dairy free version of the classic.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegan
Servings 8 servings
Calories 331 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook penne according to package directions and set aside.
  • In another pot, add the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions over low heat, for about 6 to 7 minutes until they begin to shimmer. Add the diced tomatoes and vodka, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until the alcohol has evaporated. Add the cashews, vegetable stock, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook covered for 25 minutes.
  • Once sauce is finished cooking, carefully remove the pot from the heat. Transfer the sauce to a blender (or use an immersion hand blender in the pot). Blend in high until the sauce becomes thick and creamy.
  • Toss sauce with penne and serve hot. Garnish with fresh chopped basil, cracked pepper, and enjoy.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 161mgPotassium: 413mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg
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