The Best Spicy Vodka Rigatoni

This is truly the BEST Spicy Vodka Rigatoni Recipe out there. Perfect for all occasions- date night in, holidays with the family, entertaining friends, a cozy Friday night, etc.

spicy vodka rigatoni recipe in a big pasta bowl with shaved parmesan and garlic bread

Ingredients You’ll Need

This vodka sauce requires just a few pantry/fridge staples and you are all set!

  • Pasta. I love Pipe Rigate with this recipe, but rigatoni works as well!
  • Shallot. A lot of spicy vodka rigatoni recipes call for white onion, but I love the flavor of the shallots!
  • Double concentrate tomato paste. Double concentrate is very important in this recipe, however, if you cannot find it, you can use a 6 oz can of regular tomato paste, and I would use less cream.
  • Chopped Calabrian Chiles. These are the chiles I use and love them.
  • Garlic.
  • Vodka. Any vodka that you would drink is perfect!
  • Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Heavy cream.
  • Butter.
  • Grated parmesan. I always like to keep a block of parmesan around for recipes like this also so you can add fresh shavings when serving.
ingredients for spicy vodka rigatoni

How to Make Spicy Rigatoni:

  • First, we want to make the pasta sauce that is melt in your mouth delicious! Start by sautéing the shallots in olive oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent.
  • Next, add in the double concentrated tomato paste, chopped Calabrian peppers, and garlic, and cook for another few minutes until the garlic is fragrant and tomato paste has deepened in color a bit.
  • Pour in vodka and using the back of your spoon, deglaze the pan by scraping up all those brown bits on the bottom of your pan! This is where a lot of the flavor lives, so make sure to get as much as you can. Stir for another 45 seconds-1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to low, and gradually stir in heavy cream, butter, italian seasoning, garlic powder, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add cooked pasta, pasta water as needed to adjust the sauce, and toss it all with parmesan.
  • Serve in bowls with shaved parmesan and enjoy! Option to top with additional red pepper flakes for additional heat!
spicy vodka pasta in a big bowl with shaved parmesan and red pepper flakes

Why You’ll Love this Pasta Dish:

  • If you love Carbone Spicy Vodka Rigatoni Pasta, you will love this dish! It’s decadent, creamy, spicy, and so satisfying.
  • EASY yet fancy. This dish just feels special and is always fun to serve at holiday gatherings, dinner parties, for friends, or date night in.
  • DELICIOUS. Mouth watering good, this vodka pasta is sure to be your new favorite! It’s ultra flavorful, and absolutely amazing.
spicy vodka rigatoni with Calabrian chiles and freshly shaved parmesan

Other Pasta Recipes To Try!

This Rigatoni Vodka is a must try, but here are a few others when you are in a pasta mood!


The Best Spicy Vodka Rigatoni

spicy vodka rigatoni with Calabrian chiles and freshly shaved parmesan

This is truly the best Spicy Vodka Rigatoni recipe and perfect for special occasions.  This is a dish that will WOW your friends, spouse, family, and you will make it over and over again! 

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 lb pasta (I like pipe rigate)
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots (about 2 shallots)
  • 5 Tablespoons double concentrated tomato paste (I use Mutti brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Calabrian Chiles in oil(I use the jarred kind- you can always use less or more depending on heat preference)
  • 7 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 2 T)
  • 1/2 cup vodka 
  • 1/2 tsp EACH italian seasoning and garlic powder 
  • 1 1/22 cups heavy cream (this is preference! Start with less and you can always add more)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter 
  • 1 cup grated parmesan plus shavings for serving 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water 


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, cook pasta per instructions on package.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining and set aside.  If pasta is finished before the sauce, toss cooked pasta with butter and set aside. 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil, shallots, and a pinch of salt and cook for 4 minutes
  3. Add the Calabrian chiles, tomato paste, and garlic and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, letting the tomato paste brown on the bottom of the pan. You can always add a little more olive oil if needed. 
  4. Add the vodka and then scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon. cook for about a minute. 
  5. Reduce heat to low, stir in italian seasoning and garlic powder and then gradually stir in heavy cream and butter.
  6. Adjust salt & pepper and simmer over low heat until sauce is thick and pasta is ready. 
  7. Add pasta, reserved pasta water, and parmesan to the sauce and toss to combine until really creamy. 
  8. Serve in bowls with fresh shaved parmesan and enjoy!! 


*heavy cream- I like to use the full 2 cups here, but feel free to start with 1 1/2 cups and adjust to your personal taste. 

*double concentrated tomato taste- the double concentrate tomato paste adds a bold rich flavor, however if you cannot find it you can use a 6 oz can of regular tomato paste but I would use less cream and add to taste. 

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