Forget the vodka pasta, it’s now the turn of gin pasta!
Vodka pasta, famous since the 1980s, had a revival in 2020 for a recipe by Gigi Hadid, but now it’s the turn of gin pasta! Find out here.
In 2020, model Gigi Hadid made viral a video in which she prepared a vodka pasta. She shared the recipe on her Instagram stories during the confinement. Since then, the hashtag #vodkapasta has more than 32.7 million views on TikTok, although it is not her creation, we know well, the fever for this pasta was ignited by her video.
Penne Alla Vodka, is a pasta recipe that was introduced into gastronomy between the 1970s and 1980s, when a Roman chef claimed to have created the dish after a request from a vodka company that wanted to popularize the drink among Italians.
But now a new fashion, and with the gin craze in recent years, introduces gin pasta, pasta with gin, into gastronomy! It turns out that you can make a delicious dish with this combination.
The result is similar to that of pasta with vodka, since the alcohol in these recipes provides creaminess to the pasta sauce. However, gin, unlike vodka which is neutral in flavor, will provide an aftertaste due to its botanical qualities with notes of herbs and flowers, and since it is distilled with juniper berries.
There are now several recipes for gin pasta, such as this recipe below proposed by Barossa Distilling. With their gin you can make the gin pasta, although you can use any London Dry style gin you have on hand.
Gin Pasta recipe
500g penne pasta
1/2 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup London Dry gin of your choice
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper
- Add in a deep skillet, olive oil, onion, garlic and the red chili flakes and cook all over medium heat. Cook the onion until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Avoid burning the garlic and onion.
- Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and use a blender to blend the sauce until smooth.
- Add the gin and sugar to the sauce. Cook for 20 minutes or until the alcohol cooks off and releases from the gin. It will be ready once you no longer smell the alcohol.
- Add the cream, Parmesan cheese, basil and season with salt and pepper. Keep the sauce warm.
- Verify that the pasta is ready (al dente).
- Drain and add it to the pasta. Mix everything together.
- Serve and add basil, Parmesan cheese.
Now, how to make pasta with vodka?
Here is a recipe for pasta with vodka or penne alla vodka.
250g Rigatoni or Penne
1 yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic
30 ml of vodka
1 tube of tomato paste
1 cup of heavy cream
1 small piece of pepperoncino (chili pepper)
Cherry tomato for garnish and texture
*Use a wooden spoon.
-Prepare a pot with water and let it heat up. Add salt.
-Peel and cut the onion into medium-fine pieces.
-Peel the garlic and crush it with the back of the knife (it is good to remove the root of the garlic, it will be better for digestion and the flavor will be less strong).
-Add the olive oil in a frying pan and heat it little by little over medium heat.
-Add the cream in a saucepan over very low heat so that it is warm when added to the sauce.
-Once the raisin water is boiling, add the pasta.
-Add the onion and let it cook over medium heat, and add a little pasta water. The water will make it cook slower with the same fire and without burning.
-Once the water evaporates and the onion is translucent and soft, add the garlic and sauté for 3 more minutes. Continue over low heat.
-Turn off the heat of the cream pot.
-Add two pepperoncino tips to the onion and garlic and stir.
-Add the vodka and stir until it thickens and the vodka and oil come together.
-Add the tomato paste. Maintain medium heat.
-Gradually add the cream.
-Add again half a cup of pasta water and mix everything until it emulsifies.
-Taste to correct the salt.
Once the pasta is ready
-Normally a good Rigatoni pasta will take 12 minutes to be al dente.
-Colour it and add the pasta to the sauce pan and add basil. It doesn’t matter if there is a little pasta water still.
-Mix everything with a wooden spoon until the sauce covers the pasta well.
-All that remains is to plate, add pepper, grate the cheese over the pasta and add cherry tomato quarts if you wish.
Enjoy your meal!
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.
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