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Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe (with and without vodka)

You have to try this spicy vodka pasta! I’ve included directions for how to make Gigi Hadid Pasta recipe with and without vodka.

This easy, creamy spicy vodka pasta went viral on TikTok and Instagram and it continues to receive a lot of attention for good reason! It comes together quickly, completely on the stovetop and is an easy weeknight dinner recipe.


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What is Gigi Hadid Pasta?

In 2020, supermodel Gigi Hadid, made this spicy vodka pasta sauce look so easy on an Instagram story and Tik Tok. She made it without vodka, amid news that she was pregnant circulating the tabloids.

The recipe went viral, and I mean VIRAL and soon, everyone was making this delicious pasta recipe with creamy sauce!

The original recipe from Instagram that Gigi Hadid posted, needed no changes. It is delicious!
We’ve made it with and without vodka and you can choose either!

It’s virtually the same as penne alla vodka’ a classic Italian pasta dish with spicy vodka sauce. The creamy sauce is easy to make and it’s divine!

This is the perfect dinner recipe if you’re not experienced in the kitchen. As you whip up some tomato pasta with vodka sauce into “Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe”, your guests will be impressed and you will have a stress-free dinner to add to your repeat list!

If you love trying viral Tik Tok recipes, then you have to try the Boursin Cheese Tik Tok pasta recipe next! You might also enjoy my Tagliatelle ai Funghi, a creamy mushroom pasta in a delicious homemade sauce. It’s quick and easy and always a crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients for Vodka Pasta Recipe

Ingredients needed to. make Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe on wooden board.
  • Olive oil – the preferred olive oil is extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed for premium flavor, but you can use whichever olive oil you have on hand!
  • Garlic – fresh garlic is best for this recipe.
  • Shallots – in the original video, Gigi Hadid used red onion. We use both depending on what we have on hand. The day I made this recipe, I had shallots on hand and they turned out delicious.
  • Tomato paste
  • Vodka– use any brand. I used Dan Akroyd’s Crystal Head vodka and I really enjoyed reading about its origin.
  • Heavy cream– anything around 30% will do.
  • Red pepper flakes – a little goes a long way when it comes to red pepper flakes.
  • Butter – I used salted butter in this recipe. You can also use unsalted and taste for seasoning before serving.
  • Parmesan Cheese – use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for delicious flavor.
  • Pasta – the original recipe used shell pasta, but you can use any pasta that the tasty sauce will cling too. Substitute penne pasta and you’ve got yourself the classic Italian ‘penne alla vodka’. Rotini, Cavatappi are also good choices. You can also use whole wheat pasta. I’ve used chickpea pasta too and it was delish! Any short pasta will do the trick.
  • Fresh parsley or fresh basil for garnish and more Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Gigi Hadid pasta recipe finished dish of pasta on white plate with sliced French bread and fresh basil garnish.

Do I Have to Use Vodka in Gigi Hadid’s pasta recipe?

No, you do not have to use Vodka. You can substitute an equal amount of pasta water for the vodka.

You can also use fresh water and a squeeze of lemon juice from half a lemon which will replace the acidity of the vodka.

Can you make this pasta recipe with milk?

I don’t recommend making it with milk. The heavy cream really helps to thicken the sauce and give it the classic creaminess that pasta alla vodka is known for.

How to make Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta – Step by Step Instructions

You can find a full recipe card with ingredients listed and full instructions at the bottom of this page. I’ve included some simple step-by-step instructions below for help you along the way with the recpe.

You’re going to need a large saucepan for cooking the pasta and a heavy-bottomed skillet.

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a full rolling boil and cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
NOTE: YOU WILL BE RESERVING 1 cup of the pasta water once the pasta is done cooking.

Onions and garlic in cast iron skillet cooking in olive oil for Gigi Hadid pasta.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add shallots (or red onions) and sauté for one minute.

Add in the minced garlic and sauté for one to two minutes. Depending on the type of frying pan that you use, you need to closely watch the heat and ensure that the onions and garlic do not burn!

Tomato pasta is added to the onion and garlic mixture in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. It’s going to look a little dark and caramelized at this point.

Turn the heat down a little and whisk in the two tablespoon of vodka. Allow the vodka cook down for two minutes.

Spicy vodka pasta sauce in skillet with wooden spoon.

By this time, you’re kitchen is engulfed in the aroma of a fine Italian restaurant and you’re ready to stir in the heavy cream. Give it a taste and add in salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. If it’s bubbling too much, turn it down a little.

Parmesan cheese is stirred into the sauce with wooden spoon in cast iron skillet.

Stir in the freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Gradually stir in the reserved pasta water.

The last step in making Gigi Hadid spicy vodka pasta sauce.

Stir in the butter, followed by the cooked, drained pasta.

To serve, garnish with fresh parsley or chopped basil leaves and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I often serve Gigi pasta with this cheese-stuffed garlic bread.

Close up of pasta shells for Gigi Hadid pasta recipe on a white plate with fork.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store cooled leftovers in covered airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, add a splash of milk, heavy cream or simply water to the pasta and reheat in microwave for a few minutes until the right temperate.

You can also reheat it in a skillet over the stove on low-medium heat with the same method as I mentioned above.

FAQ’s

How can I make spicy vodka pasta less spicy?

Reduce the amount of red pepper flakes that you add to the recipe from two teaspoons to one teaspoon.

Can I use any type of noodle to make Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe?

Yes, choose a pasta that will allow the delicious creamy vodka sauce to cling to the noodles such as small shells, rotini, rigatoni.

Can I make Gigi Hadid’s pasta without Vodka?

Yes! The original video did not have vodka. Simply add in an extra cup of pasta water.

Is Gigi Hadid’s pasta the same as Vodka Alla Penne?

Yes, it is very similar with the main difference being the type of pasta shells that are used for the recipe. Penne uses penne shaped pasta and Gigi Hadid used shells in her pasta which are perfect for the creamy sauce to cling to!

Is Gigi Hadid’s pasta worth the hype?

Absolutely! This is a delicious, quick and easy pasta dinner recipe that you can have ready in 30 minutes or less.

How can you make Gigi Hadid Pasta more healthy?

You can substitute the heavy cream for whole milk which will reduce the fat a little. You can also substitute whole wheat or chickpea pasta for the traditional white pasta.

What can I add to Gigi Hadid’s Pasta Recipe

For an even more satisfying meal, add some protein to the pasta such as chicken or shrimp.

My Top Tips for Success with this Recipe

  • Pre-measure all of your ingredients and have them ready to stir into the sauce as soon as you need them. The sauce comes together quickly and you won’t have time to be looking for measuring spoons in the drawer.
  • Adding the pasta water from the cooked pasta helps to thicken the sauce with the starchy pasta water. Set aside a spoon and container where you’re going to quickly scoop in the pasta water BEFORE YOU DRAIN THE PASTA.
  • Stir, stir, stir constantly when making the sauce. Okay, you might have time for one sip of wine but stay focused on the stirring!
  • If you are using Vodka in this recipe, turn down the heat a little right before you add it in because it’s going to create a mess if the heat is too high. Once you’ve whisked it in, turn the heat back up to medium.

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Gigi Hadid Pasta (with and without vodka)


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Description

You have to try this spicy vodka pasta! I’ve included directions for how to make Gigi Hadid Pasta with and without vodka, depending which version you prefer. 

This easy, creamy spicy vodka pasta went viral on TikTok and it continues to receive a lot of attention for good reason! This is a staple in our home and I really should have posted this recipe sooner! It comes together quickly, completely on the stovetop and is an easy weeknight dinner recipe


Ingredients

Pasta 450g, we used shell pasta (reserve pasta water – 1 cup)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red onion or shallot

1/2 cup tomato paste

2 Tablespoons vodka

1 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more if you like)

2 Tablespoon butter

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


Instructions

You’re going to need a large pot for cooking the pasta and a heavy-bottomed skillet. 

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a full rolling boil and cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
    NOTE: YOU WILL BE RESERVING 1 cup of the pasta water once the pasta is done cooking. 
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in heavy-bottomed skillet. Add shallots (or red onions) and sauté for one minute. 
  3. Add in the minced garlic and sauté for one to two minutes. Depending on the type of frying pan that you use, you need to closely watch the heat and ensure that the onions and garlic do not burn!
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. It’s going to look a little dark and caramelized at this point. 
  5. Turn the heat down a little and whisk in the vodka. Allow the vodka cook down for two minutes. 
  6. Stir in the heavy cream. Taste and season with salt, pepper and add in the red pepper flakes. If it’s bubbling too much, turn the heat down a little. 
  7. Stir in the freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Gradually stir in the reserved pasta water.
  8. Stir in the butter, followed by the cooked, drained pasta.
  9. To serve, garnish with fresh parsley or chopped basil leaves and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Notes

To make Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe without vodka – add in one additional cup of water from the cooked pasta. 

Storage & Reheating Instructions: Store cooled leftovers in covered airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

To reheat, add a splash of milk, heavy cream or simply water to the pasta and reheat in microwave for a few minutes until the right temperate. 

You can also reheat it in a skillet over the stove on low-medium heat with the same method as I mentioned above. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 helping
  • Calories: 605
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 137.4 mg
  • Fat: 32.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 14.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.6 mg

7 Comments

  1. WE love this how creamy it was Very flavorful and easy to make we just loved this will make it again for sure!






  2. I’ve heard so much about this pasta I just have to try it! It sounds delicious and it looks pretty easy to make. I bet my kids will love it too.






  3. We were not sure if it would be too spicy for us. The way the flavours meld together is just delicious and the spice is perfect!! A recipe on repeat for us now. Thanks!!






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