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Get ready to elevate your pasta game with a celebrity twist on a classic pasta dish! GiGi Hadid’s Quick Pasta alla Vodka is a delightful blend of sophistication and flavor that will leave you craving more. Use your favorite pasta shape.

This luxurious pasta recipe was so fun to make for Valentine’s Day dinner using this heart-shaped pasta from Barilla. Be sure to check out more Valentine’s Day Dinner recipe ideas!

A white bowl trimmed in yellow holding quick pasta alla vodka garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil with pieces of a baguette on a wooden board in the background.

Ingredients to make Pasta alla Vodka

More than likely, you have most everything on hand to make this delicious and quick, pasta alla vodka:

  • Pasta: Substitute with your preferred type of pasta, such as penne, rigatoni, or fettuccine.
  • Shallot: Use finely chopped onion as an alternative.
  • Garlic: Garlic powder or pre-minced garlic can be used as convenient substitutes.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (Optional): Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika for a subtle heat, or leave out.
  • Tomato Paste: Use a cup of crushed tomatoes, passata, or tomato purée instead.
  • Vodka: Non-alcoholic options include vegetable or chicken broth, or simply omit it for a different flavor profile.
  • Heavy Cream: Substitute with half-and-half, whole milk, or a dairy-free alternative like coconut cream.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Try Pecorino Romano or Grana Padano as alternatives for a slightly different taste.
  • Fresh Basil: Replace with dried basil or other fresh herbs like parsley or oregano.

How to Make Quick Pasta alla Vodka

Incredibly, this Pasta alla Vodka comes together so quickly and easily:

  1. Start the pasta cooking in salted, boiling water. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced shallot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Sauté for a minute or two, until softened.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, allowing it to cook for 2-3 minutes to enhance flavors.
  6. Pour in the vodka, letting it simmer for another 2-3 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
  7. Pour in a ladle of the pasta water.
  8. Lower the heat and incorporate the heavy cream.
  9. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  10. Transfer the pasta directly from the pot to the sauce. Toss to coat. 
  11. Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan and basil.

How to Serve and Store Leftover Pasta

Serving:

  • Presentation: Plate the Pasta alla Vodka in a shallow bowl, or on a flat plate for an elegant presentation.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and finely chopped fresh basil.
  • Accompaniments: Serve with a side of garlic bread and/or a crisp salad, to compliment the richness of the dish.

Storing:

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover Pasta alla Vodka in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Gently reheat the pasta on the stovetop with a splash of additional cream or broth to maintain its creamy consistency. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

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A white bowl trimmed in yellow holding quick pasta alla vodka garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil with pieces of a baguette on a wooden board in the background.

Quick Pasta alla Vodka


Description

Get ready to elevate your pasta game with a celebrity twist on a classic pasta dish! GiGi Hadid’s Quick Pasta alla Vodka is a delightful blend of sophistication and flavor that will leave you craving more.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1012 ounces of your preferred pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4-ounces tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ladle pasta water
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Start the pasta cooking in salted, boiling water. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced shallot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
  4. Sauté for a minute or two, until softened.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, allowing it to cook for 2-3 minutes to enhance flavors.
  6. Pour in the vodka, letting it simmer for another 2-3 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
  7. Pour in a ladle of the pasta water.
  8. Lower the heat and incorporate the heavy cream.
  9. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  10. Transfer the pasta directly from the pot to the sauce. Toss to coat. 
  11. Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan and basil.
  12. ENJOY!
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Notes

  • Use your favorite pasta shape.
  • Don’t forget to salt the water for the pasta.
  • Depending on the size of the pasta, start boiling at any point to ensure the pasta is al dente when transferring to the sauce. Try not to overcook the pasta.
  • Allow the tomato paste to cook for a few minutes.
  • Be sure to cook off the the alcohol.
  • Add a ladle or more of the pasta water to enhance the flavor and texture of the sauce.
  • Turn down the heat prior to adding the heavy cream.
  • Transfer the pasta directly from the pot into the sauce. 
  • Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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