• Serves 2
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 12 Ingredients


If you’re looking for something creamy and indulgent with a kick of heat and a boozy hit, this famous Vodka Pasta Recipe ticks every box.

Shared by model Gigi Hadid on Instagram a while ago, it’s still one of the most delicious celebrity recipes floating around social media.

Also known as Pasta Alla Vodka, the recipe itself is pretty simple, just the rich flavours of garlic, tomato paste, onion and cream, lifted by the addition red pepper flakes and, of course, a splash of vodka.

What we love about this sauce is that’s it’s super simple to tweak to your own tastes. If you’re partial to a bit more heat, dial up the red pepper flakes. If you’re not keen on alcohol in your cooking, omit the vodka. Or add extra if that’s your thing. If you watch Gigi’s video below, you’ll see she adapted her recipe with what she had on hand.

If you’re keen to add some protein, this pasta would be phenomenal with prawns!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced
  • ¼ green onion
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 tbs vodka
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 225 grams pasta
  • 1 tbs butter
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Basil, chopped, to serve
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil, garlic and onion in a large saucepan. Cook until soft.
  2. Add tomato paste and cook until it slightly darker and caramelised.
  3. Add in the cream and the vodka and cook until evaporated.
  4. Add the red pepper flakes.
  5. Stir until combined, season with salt and pepper and remove sauce from the heat.
  6. Cook pasta in boiling water separately. Gigi uses shell pasta, but really any pasta will work.
  7. When the pasta is cooked, save a little of the pasta water before draining.
  8. Add the pasta, some pasta water and butter to the sauce and stir over a medium heat until the butter has melted and the sauce is saucy!
  9. Add the parmesan cheese and stir. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  10. Top with more cheese and basil.

  • Looks great and can’t wait to try it.


  • What an interesting and new take on a pasta dish. Always looking for new pasta options though!


  • I’ve heard great reviews about this pasta dish – still to give it a try but have all the ingredients at home so will be doing it soon.


  • Sounds yummy just not sure about the vodka, a bit of pasta water would work


  • Definitely need to try this, love that all of the ingredients are basic pantry staples


  • Intriguing idea with the vodka. I love a bit of heat and always add some chilli flakes to spag bol


  • Hm interesting combination of ingredients! Not sure I’m game to try it


  • Never heard of vodka in a pasta recipe and it certainly is an interesting variation.


  • Different with vodka. Wonder what taste it would bring?;


  • In so curious if you can taste the vodka at all?

    • Such a good question? I am quite intrigued!


  • Keen to try this one. Love a good pasta recipe.


  • This looks so tasty! I’d probably leave out the vodka though.


  • I’ve seen this on tik tok a few times and been really wanting to try it but worried about the vodka in it, might try without it, looks so yummy


  • I like the recipe of this pasta. I don’t consume alcohol so I guess will skip and try this recipe. Always in hunt for new recipes when it comes to Pasta, it’s our families favorite.


  • Wow it sounds so good to eat but Vodka ok a little unsure about that I might just leave that one out


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