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Viral Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe (Spicy Vodka Pasta Recipe)

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Two bowls of Gigi Hadid's vodka pasta on a counter with hands touching the bowls

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

2

When I saw that spicy vodka pasta was trending, you know I had to give you the recipe. So here it is – my take on the viral Gigi Hadid vodka pasta.

We know that pasta is one of my favorite dishes to make. This recipe is made in only one pan and under 30 minutes and is filled with the perfect amount of spice that went viral and is one that everyone loves for a good reason. So here it is – my take on the viral Gigi Hadid pasta.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Gigi Hadid Pasta

  • Quick: A homemade pasta dish everyone will enjoy in only 30 minutes. This is a great pasta dish to whip up on those busy nights after school when you’re trying to get something on the table for your family
  • Versatile: Whether you want to add your favorite protein, make it less spicy, or use a substitute for heavy cream – Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe is easy to customize for any dinner table
  • Comforting: Is there anything more comforting than a delicious bowl of pasta? This pasta is so damn delicious. It has some spice, some creaminess, and is perfect for the cooler weather
Bowls of spicy vodka pasta in two white bowls

🍲 Ingredients

Vodka: Why do you use vodka in pasta sauce for this Gigi Hadid pasta recipe? The vodka helps maintain a cohesive texture, allowing the creaminess to meld with the tomato base. Don’t worry though, you cook the vodka off so you won’t have any alcohol content within the pasta. I know, for some people that may be disappointing. 😉

Parmesan Cheese: Used both in the sauce and grated on top of the pasta, parmesan cheese is a staple ingredient in this pasta dish. Parm is a hard, granular cheese produced from cows’ milk and aged for a year or longer. It is produced in the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia in Italy.

Heavy Cream: You can use whipping cream, heavy cream, or half-and-half cream. Whatever works for you. I don’t find they make that much of a difference. Just cook them down until they reach your perfect consistency.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Gigi Hadid’s Pasta

1. Prepare the ingredients for your vodka pasta so you have everything easily accessible
2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter, garlic, and shallot over medium heat on your stove. Cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.

3. Add tomato paste, and cook until the sauce is darker and a bit caramelized, 2-3 minutes. Mix often to avoid anything burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan

4. Add in vodka and cook it until evaporated. This is where you’ll cook off the alcohol content, so this recipe is completely safe for those who don’t drink, are pregnant, or children.

5. Add heavy cream and 1 tsp chili flakes. Keep stirring until combined and season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. If the pasta is not done cooking yet, remove the sauce from the heat until the noodles are ready for the action! Make sure you set aside 1/2-1 cup of reserved pasta water!

7. When pasta is done cooking, add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to the vodka sauce and 1 tbsp butter. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sauce is smooth and creamy – add another ¼ cup pasta water if needed.

8. Add strained pasta and ¼ cup parmesan cheese and stir. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.

9. Garnish with fresh basil and more parmesan cheese if desired.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Pasta Water: Be sure to reserve at least 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining your pasta
  • Sauce Consistency: If the sauce seems too thick, keep slowly adding pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency
Two bowls of Gigi Hadid's vodka pasta on a counter with hands touching the bowls

🗒 Variations

There are definitely some variations you can try with this recipe. Here are my recommendations:

  • Protein: Add in your favorite protein to this recipe to make it a more well-rounded meal. Try shrimp, chicken, or even adding vegetarian mince
  • Vegan: You can easily make this pasta vegan by swapping the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast or plant-based cheese, and the cream for coconut milk or an oat or plant-based creamer. Of course, taste will vary from the original version


🗒 Substitutions

Here are some easy swaps you can make in this recipe:

  • Vodka: The vodka is what sets this apart from a regular rose sauce, but you can sub for gin, or boxed wine instead. If you want no alcohol at all, you can use lemon water, chicken broth, or stock.
  • Cream: Use heavy cream. This can be labeled as “table cream” in the store. You can also substitute it for half and half which works just as well.


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Pasta is so good leftover. In fact, it’s one of my favs. Just package this up and put it into a sealed container in the fridge. It should last about 3-5 days.

🤔 Common Questions

Does vodka pasta sauce have alcohol in it?

No! As the sauce simmers, the alcohol contents of the vodka evaporate. All it does is add flavor.

What does vodka do to pasta sauce?

Vodka helps maintain a cohesive texture, which works so well with the tomato base. 

What is vodka sauce?

A tomato-based sauce made tangy by vodka, and creamy with a splash of heavy cream.

Bowls of spicy vodka pasta in two white bowls

Gigi Hadid Pasta (Vodka Pasta Recipe)

4.60 from 49 votes
When I saw that spicy vodka pasta was trending, you know I had to give you the recipe. So here it is – my take on the viral Gigi Hadid vodka pasta.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean-Inspired, Italian-Inspired
Servings 2
Calories 1413 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining. While pasta is cooking, make the vodka sauce.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the butter, garlic and shallot over medium heat. Cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, cook until the sauce is darker and a bit caramelized, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in vodka and cook it until evaporated.
  • Then add heavy cream and 1 tsp chili flakes. Keep stirring until combined and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • If pasta is not done cooking yet, remove sauce from the heat.
  • When pasta is done cooking, add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to the vodka sauce and 1 tbsp butter. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sauce is smooth and creamy – add another ¼ cup pasta water if needed.
  • Add strained pasta and ¼ cup parmesan cheese and stir. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and more parmesan cheese if desired.

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Notes

Forgot to save the pasta water? Replicate the same consistency by combining 1 cup hot water with 1/4 tsp cornstarch and 1/4 tsp kosher salt.
Looking to serve 4 people? Double the recipe!
Try whole milk, cashew cream or coconut milk as a substitute for heavy cream.
For a less spicy version, cut the chili flakes to a 1/2 tsp.
Add your favourite protein to top this pasta.
Serve with a simple green salad as a delicious option for a dinner party.

Nutrition

Calories: 1413kcal | Carbohydrates: 186.5g | Protein: 42.4g | Fat: 54.2g | Saturated Fat: 32.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14.3g | Trans Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 143.3mg | Sodium: 2773.3mg | Fiber: 10.8g | Sugar: 17g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
noodle nerd

5 stars
rigatoni is obvi the best noodle for this dish because allll the delicious creamy and spicy sauce hides inside those noods for extra saucey flavor bursts in my mouth

suzie todd

5 stars
make it exactly as the recipe says! it’s perfect as is!!

Callie Thompson

5 stars
this was my first time trying vodka pasta and it was really good

Sadie

5 stars
One of the best pasta recipes, if not vodka sauce! Highly recommend pureeing the sauce after cooking to make it super silky! Excellent recipe.

mandy kennedy

5 stars
I for sure used more than 1tbsp of vodka when making this recipe 😉

andressa lombardo

5 stars
deffinetly my pasta favourite. my nona likes it to! so that means it Is good

kaylyn padman

5 stars
1 teaspoon of chili flakes was just perfect!!!

anonymous

5 stars
love love love thanks again

robin kubica

5 stars
thanks for the expert tip on how to make “pasta water”! I almost always forget to reserve some!!!

Ruby Spencer

5 stars
so simple and so yum!

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