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Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka

This alcohol-free Vodka pasta is a fabulous pasta dish that features sweet roasted tomatoes, al dente rigatoni, and lots of cream! Use coconut cream for a vegan take or full-fat milk for richness and you have a meal in just 30 minutes!

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka

A light, yet decadent pasta dish is perfect for those busy summer days. This Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka doesn't use alcohol, but uses tons and tons of Cajun flavor! Keep on reading until the end of this post to also find out how to enter my Sur La Table giveaway!

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

Have you ever roasted tomatoes before? It sounds wrong since tomatoes are so wet, but it is so right. When roasted, tomatoes get caramelized and sweet in the oven, lending an even deeper nuanced flavor. I thought, if roasted tomatoes taste so good, they must make a fabulous pasta sauce!

That's where this Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka was born. I wanted to make a dish with a nod to Cajun pasta while also integrating a classic Italian flare inspired by vodka sauce. To keep this dish family-friendly, no alcohol is used in the making of this dish. You don't need it; the sauce is flavorful enough without vodka!

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

Is This Dish Vegan?

This dish as written is a vegan pasta supper. It uses vegan butter, coconut cream, and egg-free pasta. You can top it with vegan Parmesan cheese if you plan on making this dish as written. If you would like to make this recipe with traditional butter and cream, you certainly can! For non-vegan ingredients, use equal parts as listed in the recipe. 

Pasta and tomato sauce is an easy dish to make if you follow a vegan diet. All cooking principles are the same, it comes together quickly, and all vegan ingredients are readily available at the supermarket. In addition, this dish is perfect for summertime because you can use cherry tomatoes from your garden! Roasting them brings out the sweetness and makes for a unique sauce.

Never roasted tomatoes before? I will show you how!

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

Roasted Tomatoes; a Game-Changer

Tomatoes are usually slow-cooked in a pot to make pasta sauce along with onions, garlic, and herbs. Instead, I like to roast my tomatoes in a hot oven until they blister and become sweet. The heat from the oven caramelizes the outside of the tomato and enhances its natural sugars, much like how caramelized onions become sweet after cooking.

Roasted tomatoes are also better seasoned than their plain tomato counterparts. When you roast the tomatoes, you first toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper before they bake. That first step adds so much more flavor rather than making a sauce from plain raw tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are charred, it's time to remove them from the oven.

The more charred your tomatoes are, the sweeter they will be. You do still want a little structural integrity to the tomatoes, so bake them until they just start to blister and blacken. The blackened flavor on the outside of the tomato really enhances the Cajun seasoning we will be adding to the sauce.

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

Ingredients in Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta Without Vodka

  • 1 (16 oz.) package rigatoni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (13 oz.) can full-fat coconut cream or milk 
  • 6 Tbsps tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons white cooking wine
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

For the Roasted Tomatoes:

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

How to Make Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta

For the Tomatoes:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Add the tomatoes to the baking sheet (in a single layer) and drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until tomatoes are charred, wilted, and tender. Remove and set aside.

For the Pasta:

To begin, cook pasta according to packaging. NOTE: rigatoni pasta doesn’t take a long time to cook, usually 8-10 minutes (however, you should cook at 6-8 minutes or so—‘al dente’).

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

In a 5 Qt. cocotte or pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and let it heat. Add the garlic and sauté until soft and translucent.

Add in the cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano, stirring until combined. Stir in the tomato paste followed by the coconut cream or milk and white cooking wine. Continue stirring until completely combined and the sauce begins to thicken and become smooth.

When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce reducing the heat to low, stirring until sauce fully coats + sticks to the pasta. Add in the roasted tomatoes, slightly tossing them together. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Bon Appetit!

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

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This amazing Giveaway is in celebration of my upcoming cookbook, Orchids & Sweet Tea: Plant-Forward Recipes with Jamaican Flavor & Southern Charm, which features delicious healthy options for the entire family that is inspired by my backgrounds—Jamaican & Southern. Growing up as a picky eater, my love for food didn’t begin until my late teenage years after moving to New York City from Florida.

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Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

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Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

Spicy Cajun Vodka Pasta without Vodka

5 from 7 votes
This alcohol-free Vodka pasta is a fabulous pasta dish that features sweet roasted tomatoes, al dente rigatoni, and lots of cream! Use coconut cream for a vegan take or full-fat milk for richness and you have a meal in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) package rigatoni pasta  (You can substitute w/ your own fave pasta!; See Notes for GF option.)
  • 2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning (See Notes for homemade)
  • 1-2 tsps red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (13 oz.) can full-fat coconut cream or milk 
  • 6 Tbsps tomato paste, organic
  • 2 Tbsps white cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon Arrowroot starch + 2 Tbsps water (For thickening sauce, optional)

ROASTED HERB TOMATOES:

  • 2 cups roasted herb tomatoes, halved

Instructions

ROASTED HERB TOMATOES:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Follow my Roasted Herb Tomatoes recipe for this step.

TO MAKE THE PASTA:

  • To begin, cook pasta according to packaging. NOTE: rigatoni pasta doesn’t take a long time to cook, usually 8-10 minutes (however, you should cook at 6-8 minutes or so—‘al dente’).
  • In a 5 Qt. cocotte or pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and let it heat. Add the garlic and sauté until soft and translucent. 
  • Add in the cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and dried oregano, stirring until combined. Stir in the tomato paste followed by the coconut cream or milk and white cooking wine. Continue stirring until completely combined and the sauce begins to thicken and become smooth. NOTE: If the sauce isn't thick enough, mix together arrowroot + water in a bowl until "milk-like" and stir into sauce.
  • When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce reducing the heat to low, stirring until sauce fully coats + sticks to pasta. Add in the roasted tomatoes, slightly tossing them together. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
  • GLUTEN-FREE: To make this dish GF, simply use Gluten-Free pasta. 
  • PASTA: You can use long pastas like Pappardelle, Fettuccine, etc. if desired, however, I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, the traditional Penne pasta works perfectly!
  • CAJUN SEASONING (STORAGE): Any leftover cajun seasoning mix can be stored in a ziplock bag for later use or used as garnish. For homemade cajun seasoning, head over to my One-Pot Cajun Pasta recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1147IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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    • Hi! Yay--I'm so happy that you're planning on trying this! I can't wait to hear what you think! 🙂

  1. This was absolutely delicious--the roasted tomatoes really added a lot and the coconut cream made a wonderfully flavored and textured sauce! The only tweaks I made including using GF pasta and adding chicken sausage (for my meat eating husband). We agreed we loved your recipe worlds better than many other "Cajun pasta" recipes we've tried that are really cheese heavy. It was perfection!

    • Hi Kat! I'm so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! It's definitely one of my faves. Thanks so much for choosing to try this one! 🙂

  2. Let me just say there were no leftovers. This was so yummy and healthy. Will definitely make this again in a bigger batch. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Hi Jo! Awww, yay! I'm so happy that you enjoyed this! Definitely one of my top faves! 🙂

  3. This was an awesome easy weeknight meal. Packed with flavor, this will def go on the rotation!

  4. This looks super tasty! I always wanted to try vodka pasta but as I don't drink and I cook for my kids it wasn't an option. Will be trying this recipe this week as pasta is my kids favourite. Love the roasted tomatoes 🙂

  5. I'm with you on roasting tomatoes. I love them and use them a lot, even in quiches, omelettes and as a side dish! They certainly add sweetness and flavour to pasta dishes! Love how you have made this dish vegan.