One-Pot Vegan Penne alla Vodka

I’m finally posting the recipe that accounts for a significant amount of my pasta overconsumption … better yet, it only requires one pot (unless you want fancy toppings), and can easily be made plastic-free or zero waste if you buy in bulk or make homemade staples, compost food scraps, and reuse glass jars. If you’re not used to this, maybe try your hand at one or some of these eco-friendly swaps, and reward yourself by eating the whole pot (it’s only fair, right?). Enjoy!

One-Pot Vegan Penne alla Vodka


1 large jar tomato sauce (preferably tomato-pepper blend)

1 cup raw cashews

1.5 cups soymilk (I use homemade; you can also sub rice, oat, hemp milk)

1 medium onion + 1 tbsp oil (you could simply use ⅓ cup water if you avoid oil)

4 cups penne (I buy bulk rice pasta)

Optional- toppings such as broiled tomato & peas (I bought these fresh from the local coop and shelled them)

To make:

Clean and slice onion and add to large pot with oil (or water). Cook until caramelized or soft. Add tomato sauce, soymilk, and cashews. Cook on medium until liquid is reduced by ¼. Blend with an immersion blender until thick and creamy. Add pasta – you can add water if there is not enough sauce to cover the pasta, or it’s too thick. Cook until pasta is tender; scoop into a big bowl and add toppings as preferred.

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