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Lighter Penne alla Vodka

Classic penne alla vodka got a nip and a tuck with a lightened up ingredient that cuts the calorie count but keeps it creamy. Perfect as a main or side!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta, penne, vodka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 678 kcal


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion , small diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , pressed or minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 15- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Original Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley , chopped (for garnish)


  1. Cook the penne pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta.
  2. In a dutch oven or a large skillet with at least 3-inch high sides, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and the garlic and stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn't burn, then set the temperature to low and season with kosher salt and the red pepper flakes. Cook until the onions are soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Bring the heat back up to medium, add the vodka and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the vodka has reduced by half.
  4. Add the tomatoes, and cook for about 5 more minutes or until the sauce thickens.

  5. Stir in the Almondmilk Cashewmilk blend and cook for another 2-3 minutes, then season with more kosher salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Add the penne noodles and toss to coat. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.

  7. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Lighter Penne alla Vodka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 678 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 634mg18%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 244IU5%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.