Low-FODMAP & Gluten-free Penne Alla Vodka

I just took a trip to South Florida with my college student daughter.   She lives in a smaller town for school, and is a vegetarian that is addicted to pasta dishes.

Her latest passion is ‘pasta alla vodka’.  We ate Italian for 3 nights so she could get this at every dinnertime, since she ‘can’t get it back home’.  Rich, creamy and so flavorful, I couldn’t help but sample.  However, all the onions in the dish certainly kept me from eating much.

I (naturally), became inspired to make it at home for all of us!  So, here is a gorgeous low-FODMAP Penne Alla Vodka recipe that is gluten-free and filled with flavor.  You won’t find real onion or garlic, but instead I used infused oils.

This dish is a sumptuous and rich one, with heavy cream providing the necessary silky sauce.  Don’t skimp on that, but don’t eat a lot if your tummy doesn’t digest high fat food well.

Remember, the low-FODMAP diet is NOT lactose-free.  Heavy cream does contain lactose, but in small amounts.  If you don’t have infused oils, I do recommend getting some.  These are a pantry staple (my low-FODMAP Recipe Swap blog shares other great tips for recipe modifications).  Since FODMAPs are not dissolved in an oil base, these are a perfect way to add flavor and richness to a recipe and keep your tummy happy. 

For some pasta suggestions that are gluten-free and low-FODMAP- check out my full low-FODMAP Grocery Shopping List here.  For what alcohol and cocktails are low-FODMAP, see my low-FODMAP Cocktail Collection (vodka is low-FODMAP).

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Low-FODMAP & Gluten-free Penne Alla Vodka

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A super easy and gorgeous recipe for low-FODMAP Penne alla Vodka. It cooks up in 30 minutes! IBS-friendly and gluten-free.

  • Author: Dr. Rachel Pauls
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main course
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 8 ounces uncooked LF, gluten-free penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon onion infused oil; divided
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) vodka*
  • 1/2 cup all-natural tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream*
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 ounce fresh basil, chopped, plus for garnish* 
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, optional


  • Boil a large pot of water for the penne and cook it al dente according to package instructions (about 7 minutes)
  • While cooking, add the infused oils to a skillet over medium heat and allow to warm
  • Add the vodka and let the sauce bubble for 30 seconds or so
  • Stir in the tomato paste until well combined, then add the cream slowly and reduce heat 
  • As the sauce thickens, stir intermittently and season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using
  • Before draining pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of the water from the pasta, set aside for later
  • Add the pasta water to the sauce to loosen, as needed (start with 1/4 cup, then add a tablespoon at a time)
  • Stir in the basil, and add seasoning to taste
  • Drain pasta and toss with 1 teaspoon of infused oil, then place in the skillet to cover with the sauce
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan before serving


  • Although this recipe has not been lab tested, a single serving should be low FODMAP based on ingredients at time of posting
  • For a low lactose version (or vegan), canned coconut cream can be subbed for heavy cream.  You may omit the Parmesan or use nutritional yeast in its place
  • Use a good quality tomato paste without added onion or garlic
  • For low-FODMAP pasta brands, see my low-FODMAP Grocery Shopping blog.  I used Barilla
  • Infused oils are a pantry staple! You can buy many brands at Amazon.  The FODMAPs do not dissolve in an oil base so you may tolerate them
  • 2 tablespoons is one low-FODMAP serving for tomato paste
  • The fresh basil is non traditional, but I love the flavor.  You may choose to omit it, if you wish

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  1. my favorite

    I know it is a bit fattening, but this is my go-to for a treat at Italian restaurants. This recipe is even better! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jan,
      So good to hear from you! Thanks for your comments, they made my day even better!
      Stay in touch!

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