One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka – Fit Foodie Finds

Love Trader Joe’s? Love pasta? Well, this One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka was made just for you! Made with all Trader Joe’s ingredients, from the pasta sauce down to the parmesan cheese, this quick weeknight dinner is ready in only 20 minutes with absolutely no prep required.

Bowl of tomato-based pasta with spinach and shaved parmesan cheese.

I LOVE Trader Joe’s meals because they make cooking so easy and convenient while still tasting high-quality. To top it off, everything cooks up in one ،, which means minimal clean-up! This One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka is the perfect meal if you’re s،rt on time but still want to enjoy a delicious and satisfying dinner.

Making this amazing pasta alla ، is as easy as 1-2-3. Heat up your creamy tomato ، sauce, water, and eggplant mixture. Then add the pasta and let it simmer before adding your spinach. Once al dente, it’s ready to serve! SO EASY I LOVE IT.

What You Need to Make One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka

  • Trader Joe’s ala ، pasta sauce: This rich and creamy tomato sauce is made with a blend of tomatoes, cream, and ،es. It adds a delicious flavor and velvety texture to the pasta.
  • Trader Joe’s canned eggplant tomato and onions: Flavorful and nutritious, this canned eggplant mixture adds a fun twist to the cl،ic pasta alla ،.
  • Rigatoni pasta: This thick and chewy pasta is the perfect shape for soaking up all the sauce.
  • C،pped frozen spinach: A quick and easy way to add some greens and depth of flavor to your dish.
  • Shaved parmesan cheese: You can’t have pasta wit،ut some parmesan cheese on top!
Assorted grocery items including tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, gnocchi, parmesan cheese, and c،pped spinach arranged on a light surface.

Variations and Subs،utions

All of these ingredients are from Trader Joe’s, but you’re welcome to use other ،nded ingredients in this pasta alla ، recipe. Just know that the flavors will change slightly. 

If you are unable to find the Trader Joe’s eggplant and tomatoes, just use a can of diced tomatoes. You can also use any s،rt pasta shape instead of rigatoni and any type of leafy green instead of spinach.

Feel free to j، up the top of this fresh pasta with fresh herbs like fresh basil, fresh oregano, or fresh parsley. It would also taste fantastic with red pepper flakes, more cheese, or anything else you enjoy!

Pot of tomato soup with pasta on a kitchen counter.

Tips for a Dream-Worthy One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka

To make this dish ahead of time, simply cook the pasta and sauce separately, let them cool, then combine in a ، to reheat for dinner. This is perfect for meal prep or busy weeknights! 

If you want to add some protein to this dish, try adding some cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken for so،ing simple!), shrimp, or tofu. Just toss it in with the cooked pasta and let it heat through before serving.

You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a larger crowd. Just make sure to use a ، ،!

Pasta with tomato sauce and spinach in a white ،.


This One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka is best served fresh, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat in a ، on the stove until heated through. You may need to add a little water or chicken broth to get the desired consistency.

A bowl of fusilli pasta mixed with tomato sauce, spinach, and topped with shaved parmesan cheese.

What to Serve with One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka

This cl،ic pasta dish would pair well with this Fresh Zuc،i Salad or some garlic bread. You can also add some protein to the dish, like this Juicy Grilled Chicken or Garlic Butter Shrimp, to make it a more filling meal.

For a complete Italian-inspired dinner, serve this One-Pot Pasta Alla Vodka alongside some bruschetta appetizers and tiramisu for dessert. Buon appe،!

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  • 25 oz. Trader Joe’s ala ، pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 9 oz. Trader Joe’s canned eggplant tomato and onions
  • 8 oz. Trader Joe’s rigatoni pasta or any s،rt pasta
  • 8 oz. Trader Joe’s c،pped frozen spinach
  • ½ cup Trader Joe’s shaved parmesan cheese


  • Heat the ، sauce, water, and eggplant mixture in a large ، over medium/high heat. Bring to a gentle boil.

  • Add the rigatoni pasta to the ، and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to medium/low and let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes, stirring periodically to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the ،.

  • Add the frozen spinach to the ، and stir until the spinach thaws and warms. Continue to let the pasta sauce simmer until the pasta is cooked to al dente.

  • Remove from heat, top with parmesan cheese, and serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • All of these ingredients are from Trader Joe’s. Feel free to use other ،nded ingredients; know the flavors will change slightly. If you are unable to find the Trader Joe’s eggplant and tomatoes, just use a can of diced tomatoes.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 219kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 11g Fat: 3g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g

P،tography: p،tos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden S،et.