And while I am not an expert in gluten-free alcohol, as best I understand it, distilled alcohol like vodka is gluten-free because of the distillation process. But to be extract safe, you can use a vodka like Tito’s Handmade Vodka which is made from corn and certified gluten-free. If you want to read more about gluten-free alcohol, I’m linking a great blog post about gluten-free alcohol by GF Jules.
And it comes together quickly.
All you do is make a simple sauce by sauteing garlic and mixing in the tomato paste and stained tomatoes and season with crushed red pepper, basil and salt.
Pro tip: this sauce can be as spicy or not spicy as you like. My husband and I like it with a full 1/2 teaspoon or more of crushed red pepper. The boys prefer it with 1/4 teaspoon or less, so start with a little and you can always add more. Just note that the tofu vodka cream will reduce the kick of the red pepper as it all cooks up.
A healthier twist on the classic, this sauce is super creamy and indulgent tasting but without heavy cream or butter. The creaminess comes from silken tofu which is blended with the vodka before being add to a tomato sauce base. Trust me, you will know... even non-tofu lovers, will love this dish! Pro tip: You can make this sauce last minute or early in the day and just cook pasta when ready to serve.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 box strained tomatoes (we used Pomi 26.46oz)
1 6 oz tomato paste (unseasoned)
¼ -1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more t to taste)
1 tablespoon dried basil
½-1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
1 lb package silken/ soft tofu
¼ cup Gluten-free Vodka
12-16 oz penne - we used 1 12oz box Barilla Gluten-free penne
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan.
Add garlic. Saute 1-2 minutes until just starting to brown.
Add tomato paste and mix well.
Add strained tomatoes, crushed pepper, basil and salt.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer. (Can be as little as 5 minutes, but we prefer at least 30 minutes to allow flavor to come out).
Meanwhile, in a blender, blend tofu and vodka until smooth.
Add the tofu vodka mixture to the tomato sauce and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare penne according to package instructions when ready to eat.
Place strained pasta back in the sauce pan and add large spoonfuls of the vodka sauce, stir to combine.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...