Our Family’s Favorite Penne Vodka Sauce Recipe!

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Sharing our family’s favorite penne vodka sauce recipe. This is our go-to vodka sauce that is healthier than the usual, easy to make and comes together in under 20 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins

Yield: Serves 4


  • 8 ounces penne of choice (I used these grain-free ones)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used full-fat coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup + grated Parmesan cheese plus more for toping


  1. Cook pasta per box and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water
  2. Warm a large skillet with oil and add in the garlic and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add in the tomato paste and caramelize a bit for 3 minutes, stirring consistently
  4. Add in the vodka and cook for 5 minutes, mixing often
  5. Mix in the pasta water, milk and butter and cook over low heat
  6. Next mix in the cheese and cook for anther 2-3 minutes
  7. Toss in the penne and serve! Add more cheese as desired


*Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge for 5 days. I reheat in microwave usually with splash of water or a little oil

  • Author: Rachel
  • Category: gluten-free, vegetarian
  • Cuisine: entree, lunch, pasta
  • Keywords: pasta, creamy, dairy-free