Vegan Penne Vodka

Vegan Penne Vodka

Who says you can’t be a little naughty if you’re vegan? All our Green Monday recipes were lots of nice (except maybe our Chocolate Protein Cupcakes last week), but this takes it to a whole new level. Enjoy this recipe for Vegan Penne Vodka. Serves 4.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 can (840g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vodka
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Few dashes of fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 of a bunch) finely chopped fresh basil, plus a little extra for garnish
  • 225g penne pasta


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to the saucepan and sauté for about one minute, until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the vodka, thyme, oregano, crushed red tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cover the saucepan and turn the heat up enough to bring the mixture to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the sauce has simmered for 20 minutes, add the almonds. Use a hand blender to blend the almonds into the sauce until creamy and only slightly grainy.
  5. Add the basil to the sauce, and mix the sauce and pasta together in the pot. Garnish with a little extra chopped basil and serve.

And there you go, a simple and delicious Vegan Penne Vodka recipe. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Green Monday SA / HSI Africa from “Veganomicon” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope.

Photo Credit: Meredith Lee/HSUS