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EASY Vodka Rigatoni

When it comes to easy pasta dishes, this has to be one of my top 5 to make. It's great for quick dinners during the week or even for a cute date night. Personally, I would eat this for breakfast because I'm a savage for pasta, but we each live life a little differently. Either way, if you're looking to step away from store-bought vodka sauce then try this recipe because you're never going back (promise).

The great part of this recipe is it uses a lot of ingredients that you typically already have in your house so no need for a big grocery run. And that means no excuses for not making dinner tonight.


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Prep Time: 10 Mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 6-8 Servings


  • 1 box Rigatoni Pasta

  • 1 tube of tomato paste

  • 1/2 red onion, finely shopped

  • 2 shallots, finely shopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely shopped

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp red crushed pepper

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup pasta water

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • Olive oil


  1. Generously salt a pot of water and bring to boil. Cook pasta following instructions for al dente (~9 mins)

  2. Start by adding onions, shallots, and garlic to a hot pan with olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.

  3. After the veggies have tenderized, add 1 tube of tomato paste to the pan and cook on medium heat until it starts to slightly browned (about 5 minutes).

  4. Add oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper to the pan and mix thoroughly.

  5. Slowly add the vodka to pan to deglaze it and turn the heat down to low and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.

  6. Add 1 cup heavy cream to a bowl with 1/2 cup pasta water (pasta water is gods tears for pasta sauce).

    1. Combining the 2 prior to adding to the pan helps prevent the cream from getting shocked when you add it to the pan.

  7. Slowly add the pasta water and heavy cream to the pan in small batches to help with consistency.

  8. After you have mixed in the heavy cream, slowly sprinkle in 1/2 cup of Parmesan until mixed in thoroughly.

    1. This should have an extremely creamy consistency at this point.

  9. Add in 1 tbsp of butter and mix until melted.

  10. Once your sauce and pasta have finished cooking, combine the pasta to the sauce pan and mix until the pasta is completely covered in the saucey goodness.

  11. Top with basil and parmesan😘

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Aug 18, 2021

Gab, your food is absolutely incredible. I’m so glad that we had the whole month of July to enjoy your cooking. You are amazing. Love you


Hi I'm Gabrielle! 

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