Dairy Free Vodka Sauce

Dairy Free Vodka Sauce - This delicious, complex, slightly creamy sauce skips the dairy and uses cashew cream instead! It has the most delicious flavor and is perfect tossed with al dente penne! #vegan

This super simple vodka sauce uses a quick and easy cashew cream in place of dairy! It’s flavorful, creamy, and perfect tossed with penne pasta!


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes* (San Marzano are super yummy if you can find them!)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add some olive oil. When hot, add your onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and saute until the onion has softened
  2. Add your vodka and simmer, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, until the vodka has mostly absorbed into the onions and garlic
  3. Add your canned tomatoes + more salt and pepper. Break up the tomatoes some with your spoon and bring to a simmer. Simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking the tomatoes up with your spoon
  4. Meanwhile, add your cashews to a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and add to a high powered blender with 3/4 cups water. Blend for about a minute until very smooth. Pour into another bowl and set aside. Rinse out your blender (you’ll need it for the sauce)
  5. When the sauce has simmered for 20 minutes, transfer it to a blender and blend until smooth. Add back to your pan and simmer, partially covered, for another 5 minutes
  6. Remove from the heat, stir in your cashew cream, and season to taste with salt and pepper
  7. We love servings this with penne pasta! It’s the perfect amount of sauce for 1 box (1 pound) of pasta!


*A 28 oz can of diced tomatoes works too if you can’t find whole peeled!

Nutrition info accounts for a pound of penne pasta mixed in with the sauce.