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Creamy Pasta alla Vodka

This creamy pasta alla vodka recipe is a one-pan dinner wonder! Perfect al dente pasta swimming in a rich and vibrant tomato sauce.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Makes: 2 -4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 small shallots finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Calabrian chili paste
  • 8 oz high-quality tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 1/4 cup pasta water
  • 4 oz mascarpone
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 10 oz. high-quality dried pasta
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Parmesan
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente, usually 1-2 minutes shy of package instructions. Reserve pasta water before draining the pasta.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted, add the shallots and garlic and cook until softened. Add the Calabrian chili paste and cook for about a minute, until fragrant.
  • Once your chili paste is fragrant, add the tomato paste and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until dark in color. Add the vodka and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet.
  • After the vodka has simmered for a couple of minutes (make sure it doesn't smell boozy anymore), add the pasta, pasta water, mascarpone, heavy cream, and reserved butter to the skillet. Stir really well and bring to a simmer. Once the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and it's nice and thick, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Divide into bowls and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil.


Serving: 11/2 cupsCalories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 17gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 800mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2g