Spicy Vodka Pasta

Spicy vodka pasta with ingredients

My take on the pasta that got us all through 2020. 


  • 2 tbsp olive oil (30g)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter (60g)
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (or more if you like it 🔥)
  • ½ cup double concentrate tomato paste (I use a full tube of Mutti Tomato Paste Double Concentrate 130g)
  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 1 cup cooking cream
  • Salt flakes
  • 400g dry pasta (short pasta like fusilli, rigatoni, or shells work well)
  • 30g finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat oil and ½ of butter in a large pan on medium.
  2. Add shallots, garlic and chilli flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent (around 5 minutes).
  3. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until the colour deepens (around 5 minutes).
  4. Add vodka and stir constantly until the liquid has mostly evaporated (around 2 minutes).
  5. Add cream and stir until incorporated.
  6. Season with a good pinch of salt and remove from heat.
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking liquid.
  8. Drain pasta and add to sauce with remaining butter and ½ cup of pasta cooking liquid.
  9. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly, until butter is incorporated and sauce is glossy (around 2 minutes). Add more pasta water if sauce is too thick.
  10. Taste and season with salt, and stir through Parmesan and basil.
  11. Serve 😽👌

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