Gigi Hadid's Vodka Pasta Recipe

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When Gigi Hadid's Pasta Recipe went viral, it blew up Instagram and TikTok! Does it live up to the hype?! Absolutely! This creamy, spicy vodka sauce is restaurant-quality and such a cinch to make! This is Gigi's exact recipe from Instagram (double in size) and you can make this recipe with any unflavoured vodka you like!

Serves: 2

Prep time: 30 Minutes

Nutrition: 820 Calories


  • 1 lb shell pasta + 1 cup starchy cooking liquid
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese + more to taste
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped basil, to taste


    1. Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining.
    2. While pasta is cooking, over medium heat, add olive oil to a large pan.
    3. When oil is hot, add onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir often so garlic doesn't burn.
    4. Add tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Tomato paste will turn a slightly darker colour.
    5. Add vodka and cook for 1 minute. 
    6. Add heavy cream and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often until sauce thickens (it will thicken up quickly!).
    7. Add in your pasta, 1/2 cup of pasta water and butter. Stir, stir, stir until butter is "melted and saucy" according to Gigi! 🙂 Make sure the pasta is completely coated in the sauce. Add a little more pasta water if sauce seems too thick.
    8. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with basil and serve immediately.

    Category: Dinner Cuisine: Italian

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