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Gigi Hadids Vodka Pasta in a white pot

Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe (Spicy Vodka Pasta)

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
This Gigi Hadid Pasta recipe has become viral since 2020 and without a doubt, I am not surprised! Spicy vodka pasta tastes unbelievably good, it's a restaurant-quality meal. Make it with or without vodka, you're gonna be blown away by the flavor!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 portions
Calories 913 kcal


  • 8 oz medium or large shell pasta gluten-free or regular + reserve ½-1 cup of pasta cooking water
  • 6 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic medium, minced
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoon vodka
  • cups heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • basil leaves optional chopped


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions to al dente, adding ½ teaspoon of salt to the water. Drain pasta but reserve ½-1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  • Saute red onions in olive oil (I know, it’s a lot but this is what gives the beautiful flavor and texture to the pasta) in a large saucepan (or a medium dutch oven pot) over medium heat until they start to become soft. Stir in garlic and saute until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add tomato paste. Stir the mixture until it's thoroughly combined and as Gigi recommends darker and a bit caramelized. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Slowly pour in the vodka, being careful if your stove has an open flame (remove the pan from the heat before adding). In Gigi’s original version she says you can make it with vodka (as penne alla vodka recipe) but this time she didn’t add any and says it was still gooood. Simmer until vodka is almost evaporated. About 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the heavy cream, and season with salt and black pepper, chili flakes. Stir to combine, then turn heat to a low simmer. Cook until creamy and starts to thicken but not yet complete. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until melts completely. The sauce should start to thicken, even more, it should coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Now add cooked pasta to the spicy tomato sauce and gently stir to coat. Top with butter. The sauce will be thick, you’ll need to add the reserved pasta cooking water to thin it out slightly. Add ½ cup of water or more to achieve the desired consistency. You’ll have to do it every time you reheat it (in case there are some leftovers!).
  • Sprinkle parmesan on top, fresh chopped basil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper if desired.
  • Serve right away with a side portion of green salad for a complete meal.



Calories: 913kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 15gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 822mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2811IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 237mgIron: 3mg
Keyword gigi hadid pasta recipe, spicy vodka pasta
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