Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta

  • 5MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 463KCAL

This Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta is slimming friendly and so delish – a great meal if you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories463
  • Carbs92g
  • Protein16g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars12g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta is slimming friendly and so delicious – a great meal if you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers!

It’s a great way to use up that Christmas vodka lurking at the back of the cupboard and it’s perfect recipe for easy entertaining, as you can have it done and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Usually Vodka Pasta, or Pasta alla Vodka, is made with heavy cream, which isn’t very slimming friendly. We’ve cut the Points and Calories right down by using tomato and basil flavoured quark.

If you can’t get your hands on any then you can just use regular quark, or even some Philadelphia Lightest. Just remember to check the nutritional values of whatever you use.

You could always add some chicken or prawns if you don’t fancy the vegetarian version – similarly you could substitute the Marmite for Worcestershire Sauce depending on your preferences!

What diets is this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta suitable for?

This Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made dairy free and vegan as long as you swap out the following ingredients for dairy free and vegan versions:

  • Quark

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta recipe?

  • You need to count 11 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 11 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 11 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta?

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How many calories are in this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta?

There are 463 calories per portion in this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.

This Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to instructions on the pack. It will probably take 10-12 minutes.

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Step 2

While the pasta is cooking, sauté the onions, peppers, spring onion and garlic in a little low calorie cooking spray until they have started to soften.

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Step 3

Remove from the heat, add the tomato puree and vodka and stir well.

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Step 4

Return to the heat and stir in the tin of chopped tomatoes, marmite and veg stock.

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Step 5

Simmer for 5 minutes, add the tomato halves. Check the pasta and drain when cooked.

Step 6

Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the quark and season to taste.

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Step 7

Mix the pasta and sauce together, and serve sprinkled with some chopped fresh parsley.

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How do you know when this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta is cooked?

Cook the pasta according to instructions on the pack. It will take around 10-12 minutes.

After adding the tin of chopped tomatoes, Marmite and veg stock, simmer for five minutes and add the tomato halves.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta

This Creamy Tomato Vodka Pasta is slimming friendly and so delish – a great meal if you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 463
  • Carbs 92G
  • WW Points:
  • 11 Green
  • 11 Blue
  • 11 Purple

Ingredients

  • 400 g fusilli pasta or the pasta of your choice
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 20 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped/crushed
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper finely diced
  • 4 spring onions finely chopped
  • 450 ml vegetable stock made up with 1 veg stock cube
  • 35 ml vodka
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 5 tbsp Arla Tomato and Basil Quark
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Marmite or Worcestershire sauce

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Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions on the pack. It will probably take 10-12 minutes.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the onions, peppers, spring onion and garlic in a little low calorie cooking spray until they have started to soften.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the tomato puree and vodka and stir well.
  4. Return to the heat and stir in the tin of chopped tomatoes, marmite and veg stock.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes, add the tomato halves. Check the pasta and drain when cooked.
  6. Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the quark and season to taste.
  7. Mix the pasta and sauce together, and serve sprinkled with some chopped fresh parsley.

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Mrs Wendy J SmithThursday 27th August 2020

Couldn’t get the quark so added some pesto and tomato paste to ordinary quark, hope it turns out OK

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    HollyFriday 28th August 2020

    Hello Wendy, adding pesto and tomato paste should work fine! Hope you got on okay and enjoyed the recipe

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TracySunday 22nd March 2020

Made this today & it was delicious. I couldn’t find quark so I used Philadelphia instead. I will definitely make this again . Definitely a recipe you can adapt yourself by adding chicken or more vegetables or chilli.

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    HollyWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Tracy, so glad you enjoyed the recipe and your tweaks sound great!

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Jackie SullivanWednesday 28th August 2019

I live in Spain and can’t get the Arla quark -can I use something else in its place for this pasta dish?

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Jackie,

    You could use some fat free greek yoghurt instead, with a little tomato puree ????

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JoSunday 9th June 2019

I’m not a fan of vodka, can you taste it in the recipe?

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    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Hi Jo,

    It gives a warmth to the flavour, and is a background taste rather than tasting very alcoholic ????

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pat walklettTuesday 21st November 2017

Made this tonight it was so nice be doing this one again and plenty left for tomorrow

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Gail BurnsWednesday 25th October 2017

Could you leave the Quark out and use a passata instead x

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MaryTuesday 24th January 2017

Made this today and it was amazing! Can i freeze the leftovers?

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    KateWednesday 25th January 2017

    Hi Mary
    Yes you can freeze the leftovers, but you may need to add a little more tomato before you freeze it as it’s not a very ‘saucy’ dish anyway and it may go a little dry otherwise.

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JacquiTuesday 24th January 2017

I’m defo going to try this.

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LyndaSunday 22nd January 2017

Hi Kate,

Might be a stupid question but is Vodka integral?? Thinking of making this for me and the 3 kids (under 6!!) tomorrow.

Cheers

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    KateSunday 22nd January 2017

    Hi Lynda
    Yes you can leave the vodka out, but you will probably have to add a drop more water to the stock cube just so you have enough of the sauce to coat the pasta

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      LyndaMonday 23rd January 2017

      Great, thanks!

Ann marie DreaTuesday 10th January 2017

Where can’t get the Quark- what shop?

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    KateTuesday 10th January 2017

    Hi Ann marie
    Most, if not all supermarkets now seem to stock Quark, even Aldi. They all do their own brand as well as the most well known one from Grahams Farm. It should be quite easy to get your hands on some 🙂

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JaneSaturday 7th January 2017

Please clarify what veg stock is for and when you add it ? It can not be into the sauce ?

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Iga | DietmapTuesday 3rd January 2017

definitely my type of comfort food

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