Vodka Sauce.

Life “sauce” advice: When you’re making sauce, make enough for the next 4 or 5 or 6 times you’re making pasta.

This is just a base for a vodka sauce. You can add vegan sausage, veggies, roasted garlic, more basil, whatever you want.

Always salt to taste. Make sure you continually taste the sauce throughout the whole process.

Penne alla vodka is my favorite dish. So making a vegan version was one of the first recipes I ever did. Enjoy!




  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 cup vodka, I used Tito's.
  • 2 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. organic cane sugar or date syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt / more to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper


  • 1Blend cashews and water on high in blender until smooth, about 1 minute making cashew cream. Put to the side.
  • 2In a dutch oven or heavy bottom pan heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • 3 Then place yellow onions in and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • 4Add garlic then stir. Cook for 2 minutes on low.
  • 5Add vodka and a pinch of salt and let cook for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  • 6Add tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, basil, parsley, cashew cream, and salt. Cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
  • 7Add ground black pepper then serve as much as you need then freeze the rest in an airtight container.

One comment

  1. This recipe was absolutely delicious!!! 5 stars! If it tastes too salty after adding the tablespoon of salt before letting the sauce cook for 30 minutes, don’t be concerned. The salt flavor blends in after cooking. If you are sensitive to salt try to add half a tablespoon instead. Loved this dish. Thank you for sharing. I also adding Italian Field Roast sausage at the end and spinach. Thank you! Highly recommending making.

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