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My Darling Vegan
Vegan Penne with Vegan Vodka Sauce

This Penne Pasta with Vegan Vodka Sauce is a delicious pasta dish made with tomatoes, cashew cream, and vodka for a simple yet decadent meal.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 320 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Vodka Cream Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1/2 small white onion
, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup good-quality vodka
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Everything else
  1. Cook penne pasta according to packaged directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews. Combine cashews with 1/2 cup water in a high-powered blender like a Vitamix. Blend until completely smooth. Set aside.

  3. While pasta is cooking, heat butter in a large pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium heat until onions are translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add tomatoes, cashew cream, and vodka and cook for another 7 minutes at a low simmer, stirring occasionally. Flavor with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Stir in cooked penne pasta. Serve with vegan parmesan and fresh basil.
Recipe Notes

Make sure to cook the vodka in the sauce for at least 7 minutes to burn off most the alcohol.

Nutrition Facts
Calories Per Serving: 320
% Daily Value
Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Protein 9g 18%
Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Potassium 386mg 11%
Fiber 3g 13%
Sugar 4g 4%
Vitamin A 385IU 8%
Vitamin C 10.7mg 13%
Calcium 52mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%