Vegan Vodka Sauce

Vegan Vodka Sauce

Growing up Italian there was lots of pasta consumed with a variety of sauces too! One of my fav's has always been the infamous penne vodka sauce. Something about the creamy velvety texture soaked up in the little tubes of penne. I love when there are peas added to it too! Even better with a protein of chicken or shrimp to make it a hearty meal! 

So when I received a pasta package from Tuscanini Foods containing a few different kinds of pasta and a tube of tomato paste I knew what I was making! Traditionally this sauce is made with heavy cream and lots of cheese. In trying to lighten this dish up I swapped the cream for full-fat coconut milk. I have been finding that coconut milk (the full-fat version from the can) is a great alternative for creamy dishes like this one. You get all the added benefits of coconut milk (healthy fats) and great for those who are non-dairy.

Trust me when I say that not all pasta is created equal! You can taste the authentic Italian quality in this pasta. We all agreed that it was delicious! And we were pleasantly surprised by how tasty the sauce was too! We didn't even miss the heavy cream (I secretly didn't tell my kids either at first!  LOL!)
I added in chicken to our recipe for some added protein. Shrimp, tofu or even just hemp seeds are all great protein options as well.

This dish is great for a special occasion like Valentines Day or around the holidays when you need a meal to feed a large crowd that looks and tastes impressive! Very few ingredients and simple to put together!  All you need for this sauce is;

1 tube of tomato paste (mine was from Tuscanini)

1/4 cup vodka

1 14oz can full-fat coconut milk

2-3 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste (red pepper flakes for some heat if desired)

Saute the garlic in olive oil, add in the tomato paste, stir to loosen up a bit then add in the coconut milk, mix well and let simmer for a few minutes. Add in seasonings and then pour over cooked pasta. You can also make a batch of this sauce and freeze it for later consumption. 

Did you make this recipe? Do share with me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see! Thank you to Tuscanini Foods for partnering with me on your delicious products! 


1 tube of tomato paste
1/4 cup vodka
1 14 oz can full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves
Salt & Pepper to taste (chili flakes, parsley, basil etc.. if desired)


1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, be sure not to burn. Only cook for a few minutes.

2. Add tomato paste until loosened up a bit.

3. Add in Vodka and let it simmer out. Then add in coconut milk, salt & pepper and blend well together and let simmer for a few minutes.

4. Once pasta is cooked, add sauce and enjoy. Season more as desired.