Spicy Penne Alla Vodka
Spicy Penne Alla Vodka

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 50 mins

Serving size: 8

Difficulty: Easy

Looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got the dinner recipe for you: this Spicy Penne Alla Vodka! It’s gluten-free, vegan, and full of BIG flavors that will make your heart melt.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chili flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving

3/4 cup vodka

2 (28oz) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained

1 tbsp salt

1 pound gluten-free penne pasta

1 (14oz) can full fat coconut milk


  1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, chili flakes, oregano and parsley and cook for one minute.
  3. Turn the heat up to high, pour in the vodka and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to medium low and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add whole tomatoes, one-by-one, crushing them in your hands before adding to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Once the sauce has simmered for 30-40 minutes, begin cooking your pasta. Place a large pot of water over medium high heat. Once temperature reaches a boil add the 1 tbsp salt. Stir in pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  6. Before straining pasta, reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Remove lid from sauce, stir in can of coconut milk and let cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add your pasta directly to the sauce pot and add reserved pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency.
  8. Serve topped with fresh parsley and salt and pepper.
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