Beans alla Vodka Is Perfect for Those Who Want a Pasta Alternative

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If anything "alla vodka" makes your mouth water, then you're in the right place. There's something about a creamy tomato vodka sauce that just makes an evening meal all the more comforting. However, there are factors that may deter you from a simple penne alla vodka, like maintaining a gluten-free diet, the need for more protein, or maybe you just don't feel like a heavy carb meal. Luckily, TikToker @carolinagelen used an alternative ingredient that truly is a game changer: beans.

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The chef starts by crafting their vodka sauce, beginning with sautéing chopped shallots in olive oil. Then, they incorporate a bit of tomato paste, chili flakes, and garlic slices before adding in the heavy cream. If you're looking for a vegan substitute, Gelen recommends coconut milk.

Once the sauce is rich and velvety, the chef adds in a full can of butter beans with some flaky salt. The beans are large, juicy, and hence the name, buttery. After scooping in a spoonful of vodka butter, a genius mixture that will change the way you cook, garnish with a bit of parsley to serve.

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"Don't get it twisted," Gelen says in the video. "This dish is not trying to replace your pasta. It's not trying to ‌be‌ pasta. It's just a pasta-inspired bean dish: a refreshing change of scenery, if you will."

If you're in search of a protein-packed pasta alternative that isn't just straight beans, we would suggest opting for a bean pasta like Banza, comprised only of chickpeas. (You won't even be able to tell the difference.) And for a more detailed sauce recipe, you can read the full notes on Gelen's website. The possibilities are truly endless for your next pasta night.

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