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Gigi Hadid Pasta Sauce

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Not just another average pasta recipe, the “Gigi Hadid Pasta Sauce” straight from TikTok’s most viral food recipes, is a creamy, spicy vodka sauce (without the actual vodka) that’s quick to make and super tasty.

penne pasta on the end of a fork getting ready to be eaten

Viral TikTok Pasta: Gigi Hadid Sauce Recipe

Dive into this TikTok trending recipe –  Gigi Hadid Pasta, a dish that’s taken social media by storm!

While the base recipe is impressive on its own, adding a touch of ground sausage or chicken brings it to a seriously hearty meal.

Perfect for a cozy dinner or feeding lots of guests, this creamy, rich pasta sauce pairs wonderfully with a chicken breast or stands out on its own as a super easy one dish wonder.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • Extra Virgin olive oil, onion, tomato paste,  minced fresh garlic
  • whipping cream, butter
  • Salt, Black Pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic powder
  • shredded Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • penne pasta

Pasta Prep Tip:

Kick things off by boiling your penne pasta. Hang onto that pasta water after boiling; it’s your secret ingredient for the perfect sauce consistency.

How to make Gigi Hadid Pasta

Prepare the Pasta: Boil the penne pasta according to the package directions. Remember to reserve some pasta water for later use, then drain and set the pasta aside.

Sauté: In a skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until the onions become fragrant and slightly translucent, which should take a few minutes.

Spice it Up: Introduce the paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the skillet, stirring well to combine the flavors.

Create the Sauce: Add the tomato paste, butter, and whipping cream to the skillet. Stir all the ingredients until well mixed, and the sauce begins to take on a pink hue and thickens slightly.

spices, onions and garlic saute, creating the pasta sauce - collage of images

Simmer and Season: Continue to heat the sauce for 2-3 minutes, constantly stirring to prevent burning. If necessary, reduce the heat of the vodka sauce to maintain a gentle simmer.

Cheese, Please: Stir in 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese until well incorporated into the sauce.

Adjust Consistency: Gradually add the reserved pasta water, starting with 1/2 cup, stirring continuously. Add more water as needed to achieve your desired sauce consistency, keeping in mind that it will thicken slightly as it simmers.

Combine and Serve: Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, using tongs to toss and coat the pasta evenly. Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese to taste.

gigi hadid pasta dish in a cast iron pan

FAQs and Tips:

  • No Vodka? No Problem: This recipe offers a twist on the traditional vodka sauce by omitting the vodka, making a spicy vodka pasta recipe suitable for all ages and preferences while still delivering that rich, creamy taste.
  • Pasta Water Magic: Reserve pasta water adds the perfect consistency to your sauce and helps it cling to the pasta for that restaurant-quality finish.

  • Spice to Your Liking: Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your heat preference. Start with less and add more as desired.
  • Storing Leftovers: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
vodka sauce recipe gigi hadid version

Enhancing a TikTok Pasta Recipe: Tips, Tricks, and Variations

Perfecting Sauce Consistency:

Thin Sauce? Thicken It Up! If your pasta sauce turns out too thin, don’t worry—it’s an easy fix. Combine a small amount of water with a spoonful of cornstarch in a separate glass, stirring until smooth. Then, gently mix cornstarch slurry into your sauce.

In just a few minutes, you’ll notice your creamy sauce thickening to the perfect consistency. Remember, never add cornstarch directly to the pan to avoid lumps.

This cornstarch trick works wonders for thickening not just pasta sauces but also gravy recipes, pot roasts, and slow cooker dishes, ensuring a creamy finish every time.

Heat pasta sauce for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, taking care not to burn on the bottom - you may need to lower your pan heat if you detect that its too high. 

Customizing Your Pasta Dish:

Elevate Original Recipe: While Gigi Hadid’s spicy pasta recipe is everywhere as is, there’s always room to tailor the viral recipe to your taste.

Here are a few suggestions to transform this viral dish into your own signature pasta:

  • Savory Additions: Introduce 1 pound of cooked ground Italian sausage to the sauce for an extra layer of flavor and heartiness.
  • Creamier Texture: Increase the amount of heavy whipping cream for a richer, sauce.

  • Tomato Twist: Swap out the tomato paste for a can of diced tomatoes (Rotel Diced tomatoes are a great choice) for a chunkier texture and a fresh tomato flavor.
  • Pasta Variations (Type of Pasta): Serve the sauce over cheese-filled tortellini or bowtie pasta instead of penne.
add boiled penne pasta to dish

What to serve with Gigi Hadid Pasta? 

If making this dish as a weeknight meal, serve with another trending idea – TikTok garlic bread and our favorite simple green beans dish.

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4.84 from 104 votes

Gigi Hadid Pasta Recipe (TikTok Viral)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
This full of flavor Spicy vodka sauce with penne pasta recipe (also known as the Gigi Hadid Pasta on TikTok) with penne pasta and homemade pasta sauce will have your mouth begging for more! No worries, there is no actual Vodka in this homemade vodka sauce – instead, a blend of spices, garlic, tomato paste, and whole whipping cream makes the Gigi Hadid Pasta Sauce a serious viral food trend.


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup whole whipping cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 16 oz box of penne pasta boiled + reserve pasta water for later use


  • Cook Pasta according to package instructions. Remember to reserve a cup of pasta water for later use.
  • In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add 1 small diced Onion and 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the onions become fragrant and slightly translucent, which should take a few minutes.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon each of Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to the skillet.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Tomato Paste, 1 tablespoon of Butter, and 1/2 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream to the skillet, mixing well. The sauce will start to take on a pink hue and thicken slightly.
  • Continue to heat the sauce for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. If the sauce starts to stick, reduce the heat to prevent burning.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese until well combined.
  • Gradually add the reserved pasta water to the sauce, starting with 1/2 cup, and stir until you reach your desired consistency. Note: The sauce might appear thin at first but will thicken as it simmers.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for another 7-8 minutes, stirring often, to let some of the excess liquid evaporate. Adjust with more pasta water if necessary.
  • Combine the prepared Penne Pasta with the sauce in the skillet, using tongs to ensure the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Serve hot, garnished with additional freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese or fresh basil leaves if desired.



What other pastas than Penne work for this dish?

While Penne is the widely accepted pasta of choice for this viral recipe, the sauce will go with nearly any type of thicker pasta that can soak it up. Try tube shaped pastas like rigatoni or ziti.

What type of changes can be made to Gigi Hadid Pasta to make it better?

Add 1 pound of cooked sausage, increase the whipping cream so the sauce is more plentiful and super rich, plus replace tomato paste for a can of Rotel Diced tomatoes. Perfection!
  • Consistency Tip: If your sauce gets too thin, you can thicken it by simmering for a few minutes longer or by adding a bit more Parmesan cheese or creating a cornstarch slurry.
  • Spice Adjustment: Customize the level of heat by adjusting the amount of Red Pepper Flakes to suit your taste.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 354mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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  1. This recipe is so easy and simple. It’s a super quick dinner with minimal ingredients required (which is good for a poor college student like me lol). I altered the recipe a tad by adding a little red wine to the sauce to add some more flavor. Yum.

  2. Andrea Zuidema says:

    It’s my daughters new favorite recipe. I’ve made it 3 times in the past 4 weeks! Thank you!

    1. That is awesome! So glad she loves it!


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