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Vodka Sauce (Vegan, Oil-free, & Gluten free)

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

Mix up your next pasta night with this pasta sauce! Creamy, flavorful, super comforting and easy to make. Enjoy!



  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 24 oz plain tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 16 oz cooked pasta (Use gluten free if desired)

  • 1/4 cup vodka

  • 1/2 cup pasta cooking water

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Parsley for garnishing (Optional)

Cashew Cream Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soaked raw cashews (Soak for 4+ hours or boil for 5-10 minutes)

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened non-dairy milk

  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast


  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and add your diced onion. Saute until translucent, adding a splash of water as needed so nothing sticks. Add your minced garlic and saute until fragrant.

  2. Add tomato paste and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Then add your tomato sauce, spices and vodka. Mix well and allow your sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. To a blender or food processor add your soaked cashews, non-dairy milk, lemon juice and nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth.

  4. Add the cashew cream to the sauce and mix well. Allow to simmer for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally before adding your cooked pasta and pasta water. Mix well and serve. Garnish with optional fresh or dried parsley.

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