Easy Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne {Vegan, Gluten Free}


Happy Meatless Monday and Leap Day!  Can’t believe that we are at the end of February already and that March starts tomorrow which means SPRING is just around the corner.  Or at least I hope it is.

We had a little taste of spring this weekend with a 60 something degree day yesterday which I obviously took full advantage of by going for my 10 mile long run and soaking up all the sun.  It was literally perfect and while I know that it won’t last, it was a nice break from the rain, snow and general dreariness that February typically brings around these parts.  

Anyway, since I know that we aren’t out of the woods yet and the dreary days of winter will still be around for at least a few more weeks, I decided to whip up a comfort food recipe to share for today!

Dairy free and gluten free Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne recipe. Easy to make, done in under 20 minutes and it's healthy! Add

My husband actually came up with the idea for this dish as we make a similar one using coconut milk to make the Alfredo sauce but he thought throwing some vodka in there would cut the creaminess a bit and make it a little more “cheesy” tasting. 

He actually sent me a text saying “I want to break out the vodka tonight but not for drinking, for cooking”.  As a NON vodka drinker I initially scrunched my nose up a bit.  Not only do I not care for the taste but it tends to not agree with me.  

So before we commenced pouring some into the pasta, I did a little research first on what brand of vodkas, if any, are verified to be gluten free.  Turns out, all vodka is technically gluten free though some who do have gluten sensitivities complain that wheat based vodkas still bother them so it is recommended that you choose one that is potato or corn based instead.  

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Those brands include Chopin, Ciroc, Smirnoff, Three Olives, Titos to name a few.  A full list can be found here

Luckily, we happened to have a bottle of Chopin so I allowed this culinary experiment to move forward and was more than pleasantly pleased with the result.  

Dairy free and gluten free Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne recipe. Easy to make, done in under 20 minutes and it's healthy! Add it to your menu for Meatless Monday! TheFitFoodieMama.com

Dairy free and gluten free Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne recipe. Easy to make, done in under 20 minutes and it's healthy! Add it to your menu for Meatless Monday! TheFitFoodieMama.com

Dairy free and gluten free Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne recipe. Easy to make, done in under 20 minutes and it's healthy! Add it to your menu for Meatless Monday! TheFitFoodieMama.com

Dairy free and gluten free Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne recipe. Easy to make, done in under 20 minutes and it's healthy! Add it to your menu for Meatless Monday! TheFitFoodieMama.com

The vodka really gave some dimension to the dish adding a tang to my dairy free Alfredo sauce that I didn’t know it was missing.  The best part is, this dish takes really only 20 minutes to make and the ingredients are super simple. 

Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne


RECIPE

Ingredients: 

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 8oz cartons baby bella mushrooms (or two cartons of mixed mushrooms)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 box gluten free penne pasta 
  • parsley to garnish 

 

Directions: 

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add in pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, heat olive oil on stove top in a large sauté pan. 
  3. Add in onions and garlic and cook from approximately 5 minute or no longer opaque.  
  4. Add in mushrooms and cook down for a few minutes then add in fat from coconut milk, discarding coconut water then mix in vodka. 
  5. Let reduced and let thicken- approximately 5 minutes. 
  6. Remove and drain pasta then mix in with sauce and mushrooms. 
  7. Garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy! 

Have a meatless recipe to share? Be sure to linkup and link back! :) 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday. 

 

 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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54 Comments

Angela
Reply February 29, 2016

This looks delicious, I love that you used Coconut Milk. Can't wait to try it, Pinned! Have a Great Week :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Thank you! Hope you have a great week too :)

Courtney
Reply February 29, 2016

Oh wow, I've been craving ALL the mushrooms and pasta lately, so this looks particularly incredible to me today. :)

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Same here! Mushrooms have made an appearance in a lot of my recipes lately :)

Carla
Reply February 29, 2016

oooh really intriguing combination for this woman of the boring palate.
I somehow decided it would be FUN! to have a dinner soiree here in a few weeks---this may have to be what I make.
After I practice :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    It is SO easy to make! Hope you enjoy :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply February 29, 2016

I am loving all the mushrooms in this!
I have seen a few recipes that use vodka with pasta, but I haven't tried it myself.

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    It is way yummier than you think it would be!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply February 29, 2016

This looks devine! We are huge mushrooms fans, so I must try this. Thanks for the linkup. pinned!

    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Pinned too! Also the #BestofBlogs is today! Hope to see you there :-)

      aelicatese
      Reply February 29, 2016

      Just linked up, yay!

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Thanks so much for pinning!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply February 29, 2016

Yum creative use of coconut milk love it. I'm jumping into your link up today too! Thanks for hosting
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    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Thank you and thanks so much for linking up!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply February 29, 2016

See, this is why I keep asking someone (or age) to buy me some good vodka...for cooking purposes :P Hahahaha!

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Yes- it's always good to have some alcohol on hand....so you can cook with it ;)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply February 29, 2016

Whenever I see Three Olives vodka mentioned, I think of the time in undergrad when someone bought the Bubblegum flavor.
I dare you to mix that in there ;D

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Omg. BARF.

Jennifer F
Reply February 29, 2016

Looks so good! I can't believe I used to hate mushrooms as of even just a few years ago -- love them now!

    aelicatese
    Reply February 29, 2016

    Really?! Oh man, I couldn't live without them! :)

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply February 29, 2016

I love the idea of making vegan Alfredo sauce! This sounds so good. Does it have any hint of coconut flavor? I'm usually not a fan of that (except in Thai food :-) ).
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Not really - the garlic and the onion do a good job of making it taste more savory! :)

Ilka
Reply February 29, 2016

This dish looks so tasty. Personally I would skip the vodka, but it looks great!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thanks!

Rachel
Reply February 29, 2016

Yum!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thanks!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply February 29, 2016

This looks great! I haven't had vodka sauce since I stopped eating dairy so I'm going to have to try this. Yum! I was so excited for the spring weather yesterday too. I can't wait for actual spring!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Same here! It is one of my favorite seasons :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply February 29, 2016

This looks great! Guess I will have to get some Vodka...not sure Whiskey would work with this! Happy Monday!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Haha, no! Not sure whiskey will work either ;)

Sarah
Reply February 29, 2016

I cannot love this enough, it looks amazing! Pinning for later so I don't forget! I'm going to try to sneak it in this weekend otherwise I will have to make it at the end of the month when we are back in town.
Happy Meatless Monday!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you so much, enjoy! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply February 29, 2016

that looks like a great comfort dish to me! I bet the added vodka gives it a nice zip!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    It really does! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply February 29, 2016

MUST MAKE THIS!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    I hope you do- it's delish!

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply February 29, 2016

This looks so good! I like the use of coconut milk and I love love love mushrooms with pasta. Too bad I never have vodka on hand!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Aw boo! You can totally make it without the vodka- I do it all the time :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply March 1, 2016

This is my first time seeing vodka sauce made with coconut milk! Looks so tasty :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    It is a strange but really yummy combo! I swear!

Lauren
Reply March 1, 2016

Yum, I have extra mushrooms that I need to find a recipe for and def am going to make this recipe this week:)
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Yay, hope you enjoy! :)

Michelle Rogers
Reply March 1, 2016

Oh, my family would LOOOOVE this! I definitely need to make it for them. Thanks for posting!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Yay! Hope you enjoy :)

GiGi Eats
Reply March 1, 2016

The key word = easy! Easy is the only way I like it when it comes to food - ha ha! Because my appetite doesn't have patience for DIFFICULT!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Girl, I am right there with ya!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply March 1, 2016

I was so ready to make this meal for dinner and then I realized there is actual vodka in this, lol! Darn Lent strikes again! Love that this is a simple, yet healthy and wholesome recipe!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Well booooo to Lent! Haha!

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply March 1, 2016

I'm not a big coconut fan so I'd probably just use regular milk but otherwise, I'd love this recipe.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    That would work too! :)

Coach Henness
Reply March 1, 2016

Looks delicious! What would you say is a good substitute for mushrooms in a dish like this?

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Broccoli would work great!

Carmy
Reply March 1, 2016

LOVE mushrooms. I never even considered putting vodka into pasta!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Me either but it worked! :)

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