Copycat Carbone Spicy Vodka Rigatoni

This is a quick and easy pasta dinner recipe for a copycat Carbone spicy vodka sauce rigatoni

This is my Copycat Carbone Spicy Vodka Rigatoni and did you know that the famous New York City restaurant doesn’t actually have vodka in it? After visiting the NYC and trying the $34 dish, our waiter gave us the inside scoop. I knew I had to make my own version at home and guess what? It just may be as good as the real thing and it’s a lot less expensive. It’s silky, creamy, and so delicious. Calabrian chili is the star ingredient here and you can adjust based on your preference but I like it pretty spicy. You have to try it!

Here’s a video of how I put my “Copycat Carbone Spicy Vodka Rigatoni” together! For another delicious and delicious pasta, check out my Trader Joe’s Lemon Pesto Sauce But Better recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 2 tbsp. EVOO

+ 1 lb. rigatoni, pipette or lumaconi pasta (bronze cut works best)

+ 1 yellow onion, finely diced

+ 4 cloves garlic, minced

+ 4 tbsp. Butter

+ 3 tbsp. Calabrian chiles (crushed or chopped) – if you prefer less heat, reduce the amount to 1 or 2 tbsp.

+ Pinch of sugar

+ 8-9 oz. tomato paste (more?)

+ ¾ cup heavy cream

+ Pinch of sugar

+ ½ – 1 cup pasta water

+ 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano plus more to top

+ S&P to taste


1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water until al dente.

2. In large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, add EVOO and saute onion until translucent.

3. Add calabrian chili, garlic, pinch of sugar and salt . Cook for 2-3 minutes being careful not to burn the garlic.

4. Add tomato paste and cook until it darkens and turns deep red – approximately 4-5 minutes.

5. Add a ¼ cup splash of pasta water and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low-meduim. Add heavy cream and mix until thoroughly combined.

6. Add butter, parmesan and pasta water and stir.

7. Then, add pasta directly into the pan and toss to combine – add additional pasta water as needed to reach desired consistency. Serve and top with more freshly grated parmesan.

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