This recipe is perfection for countless reasons! It’s quick, easy, affordable, packs protein with the cashews making the dish more filling, packs a gorgeous color, is comprised of minimal ingredients, perf for any season, perf for entertaining, and perf for anyone who’s a fan of this staple dish, but not all the calories that come along with it!!

Penne Alla Vodka [Vegan]


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  • 4 cups penne
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (more as needed)
  • 1 generous pinch red pepper flakes, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Sauté the onions in 2 tablespoons butter and the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until soft.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vodka. Cook and reduce for 2 to 3 minutes, then pour in the tomatoes. Stir the mixture until it's thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the soaked cashews, almond milk and nutritional yeast to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add additional almond milk as needed to get things moving.
  6. Now add in the tomatoes/onion/garlic combo and blend until smooth.
  7. Pour the sauce back into the pan with the cooked pasta and cook low/med heat until warmed through.
  8. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with basil if desired.

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