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vegan penna alla vodka on a plate with peas

6 Ingredient No-Vodka Vegan Vodka Sauce

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This 6 ingredient vegan vodka sauce is just as creamy and delicious as the classic penne a la vodka, but made without dairy and even without vodka if you want an alcohol free vodka sauce! Quick and easy for the perfect weeknight vegan pasta recipe.


  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 25-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dairy free milk*
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) water + 1 tbsp ACV (see notes for vodka option)
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese*
  • Optional: 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 16 ounces vegan pasta


  1. To start, cook the onion and garlic together on medium heat until cooked and translucent. Then remove from heat and allow the onions and garlic to cool for 5-10 minutes in a separate bowl.
  2. Add the marinara sauce, dairy free milk, faux vodka, and onion garlic mixture to the blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the sauce back into the saucepan, and bring to medium-low heat. Stir in the vegan parmesan cheese and optional red pepper flakes, and stir until melted.
  4. Reduce the sauce to low while you make the pasta in a separate saucepan. Cook the pasta according to instructions. Save about 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then add the cooked pasta and pasta water to the sauce. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Dairy free milk: You can use soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or coconut cream, vegan heavy cream, or cashew cream.

Nut-free: Use Violife for nut-free cheese.

Vodka: You can absolutely use vodka in place of the faux vodka mixture.

Keywords: vegan vodka sauce, vegan vodka pasta, vegan penna alla vodka