This exact Gigi Hadid pasta recipe went viral on Tik Tok and Instagram when model Gigi shared the recipe in 2020. This spicy, creamy vodka sauce pasta can be made with and without vodka and is absolutely delicious.
You might be thinking, Gigi Hadid pasta? What on earth is that. Well, I didn't know either, but APPARENTLY it is a deliciously creamy, spicy vodka pasta dish that Gigi posted on her Instagram stories and then it became viral on TikTok.
Now my Tik Tok knowledge begins and ends with my younger, cooler sister-in-law, but this pasta became so famous even I heard about it. And I knew I had to try it out myself. SPOILER ALERT: It's now my favorite pasta dish to make! You can see Gigi's original pasta recipe instagram post here. The ingredients below will show you the exact recipe Gigi used to make this dish!
If you're hungry for more, try out this Olive Garden Dressing Chicken Pasta Dish or Spicy Chicken Pasta next!
The reason this spicy vodka pasta recipe intrigued me so much is the fact that it looked so similar to one of my husband and I's favorite dishes from Al's Cafe, Goat Cheese Arrabiata. Upon making Gigi's pasta, I can confirm that it is very similar! Her pasta recipe is TECHNICALLY a spicy vodka sauce (without the vodka), but they both have similar components like heavy cream, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes. It actually mirrors Spicy Fusilli Arrabiata, too (another absolutely delish pasta dish!).
Does gigi hadid's pasta live up to the hype?
You may be wondering if this is a new recipe or one that has been around. It's very similar to a traditional spicy vodka pasta sauce. So no, she didn't technically "create" this recipe. She did however share her version, and I want to give credit where credit is due. And the version she shares 100% lives up to the hype. It is creamy, spicy, cheesy, and absolutely delicious!
What pasta is used in Gigi Hadid Pasta?
In her recipe Gigi Hadid used little shell pasta (like you would see in sopa de conchas). I have made shells alla vodka, I have made linguine alla vodka, penne alla vodka, you get the drill. Any pasta shape is delicious with this recipe.
I used something called lumaconi or "large snails" here. It is a similar shape to shell pasta and I love the way the sauce gets all in the crevices of the noodles! Makes for an extra saucy bite.
Gigi Hadid pasta recipe ingredients
- extra virgin olive oil
- tomato paste
- heavy cream
- red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper
- pasta (penne, or another short pasta is what Gigi used)
- pasta water
- parmesan cheese
- fresh basil (for garnish)
Step by step instructions for spicy vodka sauce pasta
Start by adding the olive oil to a large saucepan. Heat pan over medium heat and then add in shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add in tomato paste and cook until it starts to caramelize (it should look darker in color).
Next, add in your vodka (again in the Tik Tok video, the she makes her recipe without vodka, but this is where she says to add it!). Stir and allow the alcohol to cook off, about a minute. Add in heavy cream and stir to combine.
Now's the time to add red pepper chili flakes. Add more than specified if you like it extra spicy!
Keep stirring until combined.
While you make the spicy vodka sauce, you should have your pasta cooking. Before sure to reserve pasta water before draining your noodles! I like to save a little more than the recipe calls for just in case I need it.
Just before adding the pasta, add the butter to the sauce and stir to make it "saucy" as Hadid says.
Add cooked pasta and reserved pasta water and stir. Finish by stirring in shredded parmesan cheese until it melted. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Top the vodka pasta dish with fresh basil.
Gigi hadid pasta (with and without vodka)
When she first shared her vodka pasta, Gigi was pregnant. Although the majority of the alcohol does cook off when cooking, she still chose to forgo the ingredient entirely. So while Gigi Hadid's pasta on Tik Tok may not have had vodka, traditional vodka pasta sauce does.
Because it's supposed to be a spicy vodka sauce, and I had it on hand, I added it.
You can make this gigi hadid pasta without vodka, but if you are on the fence, I would say go for it! Adding the vodka helps to thin out the caramelized tomato paste before adding the heavy cream.
What can you add to top pasta alla vodka
Now this recipe for vodka sauce pasta is absolutely delicious as is, but I added a few things before to add even more flavor, namely fresh tomatoes and goat cheese.
If you want to add extra protein you can also add chicken or shrimp! I think it would be delicious with this parmesan crusted chicken romano.
Storage and reheating
Store any leftover vodka sauce pasta in an airtight container in the fridge.
To reheat: add a splash of cream or chicken broth (a tablespoon or less) just to help break up the sauce a bit and make it creamy again. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Looking for more pasta recipes? Why not try my Olive Garden Copycat Steak Gorgonzola, Date Night Pasta, or Lemon and Arugula with Capellini?
Gigi Hadid Pasta (Spicy Vodka Pasta)
This Gigi Hadid Pasta is a deliciously creamy and spicy pasta dish was originally shared by Gigi on her Instagram stories, with tomato paste, heavy cream, and red pepper flakes, it is sure to knock your socks off.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ of a shallot, diced
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon vodka
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ lb of pasta
- ¼ cup pasta water
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup fresh basil, for garnish
- Start by adding the olive oil to a large saucepan. Heat pan over medium heat and then add in shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Add in tomato paste and cook until it starts to caramelize (it should look darker in color).
- Next, add in your vodka (again in the Tik Tok video, the she makes her recipe without vodka, but this is where she says to add it!). Stir and allow the alcohol to cook off, about a minute. Add in heavy cream and stir to combine.
- Now's the time to add red pepper chili flakes. Add more than specified if you like it extra spicy!
- Keep stirring until combined.
- While you make the spicy vodka sauce, you should have your pasta cooking. Before sure to reserve pasta water before draining your noodles! I like to save a little more than the recipe calls for just in case I need it.
- Just before adding the pasta, add the butter to the sauce and stir to make it "saucy" as Hadid says. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add cooked pasta and reserved pasta water and stir. Finish by stirring in shredded parmesan cheese until it melted.
- Top the vodka pasta dish with fresh basil.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g
Angela Baumeister says
This looks amazing!! I need to try this!!
Thank you!! 🙂 You would love it! And it's surprisingly fast to make. I'm a slow poke and it took less than 30 minutes.
This looks amazing and so delicious! Definitely making this soon!
I hope you love it as much as I did!
This looks so delicious! Love simple pasta sauces, that are yummy and look amazing, and this is it.
Yes!! Pasta is where it's at,
Shadi Hasanzadenemati says
Just tried this recipe and my family loved it. Thank you so much!
I am so glad to hear that, Shadi. Thank you!
This pasta is so unbelievably simple and delicious. Perfect to whip up for an easy dinner or even late-night snack.
Thank you for your kind words! I love it any time of day lol!
Bintu | Budget Delicious says
This pasta sounds absolutely delicious! I have tried a few of the viral TikTok pasta recipes but am yet to give this one a try! I definitely will be though.
Let me know how it goes!
Such a tasty and flavorful pasta! I can't wait to make this again! Definitely my family's new favorite!
That's a ringing endorsement! Thanks, Beth.
Claudia Lamascolo says
Everyone went nuts with this delicious sauce and it was much easier than I thought we have always bought vodka sauce in a jar this is amazing!
Thank you Claudia!! It's so much easier than it looks, isn't it!?
Marie-Charlotte Chatelain says
Oh man Gigi Hadid knows her pasta- I wouldn't have thought she'd eat that kind of food. Now I think we could be friends!
lol! She sure does! I was surprised but it's amazing.
I love the sound of the flavors in this dish, and as pasta-fans, we are always on the lookout for different ideas!
This one has it all!
Wow super delicious and quick! I love this pasta!
Glad to hear it!
I love how quickly this comes together!
Always a hit here and gone so fast! My family absolutely loves this pasta and is always asking for it!
This pasta was a hit all around the dinner table last night! Love it!
I love Vodka Sauce, I am excited to give this one a try.
This was so easy to whip up and tasted amazing!
This pasta looks all kinds of delicious and your photos are fabulous! I will save this one for Meatless Monday. Thanks
Jacqueline Meldrum says
Yum! That sounds delicious! I'm in!
Yay! You will love it.
Marie-Charlotte Chatelain says
Sounds amazing and simple too! I think even my kids would eat this "model" pasta!
Hehe! I think they would as well!
This was an incredible vodka sauce pasta dish! The whole family raved about it!
Thank you! I am so glad you all enjoyed.
The sauce on this is so simple yet packs TONS of delicious flavor. So good, it's addicting.
That's the beauty of vodka sauce! Pantry and fridge staples but so much flavor.
This is our favorite way to make pasta. So delicious and very tasty! I will be making this soon!
We make this pasta so often! Hope you enjoy.
Sharmila Kingsly says
Well, as you said loving this creamy spicy pasta!! Makes a good dinner deal for me..It s on my to-do list now..
Creamy and spicy, pasta doesn't get much better!
Looks delicious and look forward to using in my pasta bake recipes.
Jacqueline Meldrum says
I've seen it on Tiktok and yours looks equally delicious and I do like your tweaks.
I can see why this has been so popular. The sauce was so wonderfully creamy with just the right kick, and it's super simple. Will definitely have to put this on the rotation.
My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. This is definitely going on my dinner menu soon!
Amanda Mason says
So good - we made this for dinner last night and wow. The flavors are impressive. It's not hard to make and we all loved it. Will be making this again for sure.
I've been seeing this recipe everywhere and finally decided to try it. I'm so glad I did because it was so so good! Thank you!
This is definitely a Happy Meal. Super delicious, quick and easy. Love your recipe too.
What a delicious and easy meal to make! Everyone really enjoyed this pasta dish
Loved this pasta! I made it with the vodka and it turned out spicy, creamy and delicious just as promised. Next time I will make a non-spicy version for the kids.
This pasta dish is so creamy and delicious, definitely lives up to the hype! My family loved it and we ate it all in one sitting even if there was just three of us!
Hayley Dhanecha says
This is so comforting and delicious meal, so quick and easy to put together. Must try recipe
We loved the olive oil, pepper flakes and cream elements. Your spicy vodka pasta easily won us over. Delicious! Thanks for sharing.