Vegan Penne Alla Vodka at Coletta NYC

Penne alla vodka is one of the most common dishes offered on an Italian menu for a reason! Its rich, flavorful base serves as the perfect jumping-off point for a host of other flavors, allowing chefs to easily make their own creative blends while still holding true to the classic recipe. Such is the case with the crowd-pleasing vegan penne alla vodka at Coletta NYC!

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Vegan Penne Alla Vodka

Coletta’s Vegan Penne Alla Vodka

Our vegan penne alla vodka can be served either following the traditional style, served with a helping of hearty penne pasta, or gluten-free, ensuring that every diner has the same chance to enjoy this famous dish.

Regardless of which pasta option a diner chooses, they can look forward to the same rich, creamy, tomato-based sauce.

Constructed from roasted tomatoes, this dish gains all its classically creamy texture from vegan crema. With a generous helping of fresh oregano, this plate is anything but short on flavor. By the end of the meal, you’ll find yourself wishing you had room to order a second plate of this filling, delicious pasta!

Vegan Penne Alla Vodka Recipe

After just a few bites of the vegan penne alla vodka at Coletta NYC, you’ll already find yourself scheming ways to try and recreate this classic flavor at home. No worries! Once again, Coletta is here to help with another easy, at-home recipe.

For years, people have turned towards cashews as the perfect addition to a vegan diet. Rich in vitamins and protein with a texture that can perfectly adapt to a variety of needs, this nut is the perfect fix for any cream sauce. Once you’ve mastered the art of a cashew cream sauce, entire worlds of vegan cooking are yours to explore!

To add variety to your next dinner, try this creamy, cashew-based penne alla vodka recipe.


  • 2 cups of uncooked penne pasta
    1/2 cup of raw cashews (soaked overnight)
    1 cup of vodka
    6 cloves of garlic
    2 cans of crushed Roma tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    1 cup of chopped white onion
    1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
    Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
Vegan Penne Alla Vodka Recipe


  1. Cook the penne pasta according to the instructions on the package. Be sure to heavily salt the water as you cook, and reserve at least a cup before draining. Set the fully cooked pasta to the side.
  2. Dice the onion, and cook it in an oiled saucepan over medium heat until they are fully softened. Halfway through the cooking process, mince the garlic and allow it to cook with the onions until fragrant.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the vodka to the saucepan. Bring the vodka to a low simmer, and allow the excess alcohol to cook off. This should take around ten minutes.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and chopped basil. Allow the mixture to simmer for another ten minutes, uncovered until the flavors completely meld.
  5. In a food processor or blender, blend the soaked cashews until they have reached a smooth consistency. Slowly add a few cups of the cooked sauce, blending until the cashews fully mix.
  6. Incorporate the now creamy cashew-tomato sauce back into the saucepan, stirring until it has fully combined with the base. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. To thicken this dish, add a final splash of pasta water and allow the sauce to simmer for an additional ten minutes or so. Serve over your penne pasta, and enjoy!

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