You guys!! Vegan Penne alla Vodka is a comfort food absolute dream come true!! I could not wait to get this one out fast enough to you because I was simply so excited about it 😍. Also, it has kind of been on repeat in our household, so it made sense to use one chance to take the pictures 😉.
This sauce is beyond delicious and has depths of flavor!! My husband asked me why I was adding vodka to a sauce when you cannot really taste it in the first place. It is because vodka elevates the dish. Large amounts of alcohol tend to trap molecules in food. Small amounts of alcohol, such as the vodka used here, release new flavors. Therefore, the taste of the tomatoes that are used to make this incredibly creamy sauce gets enhanced. Pretty cool huh 😍?!
Now albeit the vodka continues to cook in the sauce and the alcohol content reduces there may still be a trace of it. I would not recommend eating this when you are pregnant or with children (or if you have any other concerns about alcohol). Not to worry though, you can still make this recipe by replacing an equal amount of vodka with water and a squeeze of lemon juice without altering the taste significantly 🥰️.
Most versions of this recipe come with heavy cream and quite a lot of dairy. I thought it would be fun to invent a vegan version (that is really easily able to be adapt for a paleo lifestyle as well). The sauce does not lose any of its rich- or creaminess, it is simple tomato heaven!
Why is this Vegan Penne alla Vodka Recipe good for you?
Beautiful, delicious, and pretty much available year-round (albeit at its ripest and freshest from May to October). Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family. They are technically a fruit (because they contain seeds), but are often prepared as a vegtable. They contain great amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Vitamin C is awesome for our immunity, but it also does so much more within our bodies! It acs as a “double-agent”, by being an antioxidant at the same time. That means it protects our bodies from free radicals, and oxidative stress. Potassium has been shown to be beneficial for blood pressure control, which has a positive effect on our heart health.
Tomatoes also contain an antioxidant called “lycopene”, which is amazing for your heart health. Lycopene is a red pigment, and it can be found in its highest amounts in the skin. It is also more present, the riper the tomato is. Interestingly, the amount of concentrated lycopene is much higher in processed tomato products (such as tomato paste) as in fresh ones. Lycopene tends to be much better absorbed if consumed with a bit of fat.
Lycopene has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Evidence indicates that it might form a protective layer inside your blood vessels and could also reduce your risk of blood clotting. In addition, it appears to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also super important for the heart.
How can I adjust this Vegan Penne alla Vodka Recipe to my Dietary Reqiurements?
This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. If you do drink alcohol as part of your paleo lifestyle, it is also paleo-approved, when using paleo-friendly pasta. Due to the cashews used, sadly, this recipe is not nut-free.
Other Delicious Noodle Recipes on the Blog
I love a good pasta dish!! They are my ultimate go-to for comfort food, especially during the winter months and I have listed some awesome options for you below:
- Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara – one of my personal favorites and a recipe we make often over here!!!
- Creamy Lemon Pasta with Brussel Sprouts – the combination may sound strange but it is so delicious!!!
- Creamy Beetroot Pasta – earthy and hearty. Yum!
- Creamy Mushroom and Leek Pasta (notice how I have a thing for creamy dressings when it comes to pasta??! 😂)
- Not pasta but can easily be eaten with it – Easy Vegan Wild Garlic Pesto
And there you have it for this week 🤗! I hope you enjoy this super delicious, easy, flavorful Vegan Penne alla Vodka. As always, please let me know how you are liking the recipe – by either leaving a comment below and/or rating the recipe. I cannot wait to hear from you!! Happy comfort-food making 😍.