UPDATE: You all are loving Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta recipe. And yes, the model has since confirmed she is pregnant with her first child.
ORIGINAL STORY: In a thinly-veiled attempt to deflect from the surprising news she is pregnant with her first child, Gigi Hadid posted an Instagram Story of herself cooking Spicy Vodka Pasta.
Hadid’s first Instagram Story in today’s series, however, has a caption explaining that the 25-year-old model doesn’t have any vodka so she’ll go without. Is this a possible clue that perhaps she is indeed pregnant and unable to drink alcohol? Or have the Hadids actually just run out of the good stuff? (There also seems to be a lot of trading ingredients. Either the Hadids have not been grocery shopping in weeks or the model is suffering from strange food cravings.)
(Another side note: Hadid’s father Mohamed was asked straight out about his daughter’s pregnancy news and he didn’t seem to know a thing about it. You can read about that here. At this link, you’ll also find another little conspiracy pocket where eagled-eyed fans have noticed Hadid’s 25th birthday balloons at the weekend had both blue and pink strings, making some people believe the celebration could have doubled as a gender reveal party.)
But back to the recipe because I would actually like to make this Spicy Vodka Pasta tonight – with vodka. I’ve edited Hadid’s instructions and method below and included her video. I would also add more than 1 tablespoon of vodka. Times are tough.
GIGI HADID’S SPICY VODKA PASTA
¼ cup olive oil
1 small clove of garlic, diced
¼ green onion
¼ cup tomato paste
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vodka
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
225 grams of shells pasta
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup parmesan cheese
Basil, chopped, to serve
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook until soft. Add tomato paste and cook until it appears “darker [in colour] / a bit caramelised”, says Hadid.
Add in the heavy cream. Add in the vodka and cook through until evaporated.
Add in the red pepper flakes. [There is a special note from the chef here to add in more flakes if you like your pasta extra spicy].
Keep stirring until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Remove sauce from the heat.
Cook pasta separately. The chef uses shells but Orecchiette would also work well. When the pasta is done, save ¼ of the pasta water before draining.
Add in the butter. Stir over a medium heat til the butter has melted and the sauce is “sauccyyyy”, says Hadid.
Add pasta – and the pasta water – to the sauce. Add parmesan cheese and stir. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and basil to serve.
And that, my friends, is Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta.