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Gigi Hadid Spicy "Vodka" Pasta

Let's learn how to make the Gigi Hadid Pasta at home! It's a spicy vodka sauce but without the vodka. It's super creamy, indulgent, and the best pasta dish to make for any occasion. It always impresses yet it's so easy to make. Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5


  • 16 ounces rigatoni pasta or penne
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic finely minced
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pasta water
  • optional garnishes: finely chopped parsley and red pepper flakes


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Throw in the pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve at least 1 cup of pasta water and then drain.
  • In a saucepan, add the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. The tomato paste will darken in color from a bright red to reddish brown. This process removes acidity from the tomato paste.
  • Add heavy cream and mix until incorporated. Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, dried basil, salt, and black pepper to taste. Mix again.
  • Add the grated parmesan, butter, and 1/2 a cup pasta water. Mix until the sauce is smooth and creamy. If you think it needs more pasta water, you can add but 1/2 a cup is perfect for me.
  • Toss in the cooked pasta and mix to coat evenly. Optional, top it off with more grated parm, chopped parsley, and chili flakes.


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