Pasta Arrabiata | Spice Up Your Food Life

Pasta Arrabiata – Spice Up Your Food Life

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I knew about pasta arrabiata long before I had ever tried pasta arrabiata. That was thanks to the excellent Eddie Izzard, and his now infamous Death Star Canteen sketch. Well worth checking out.

So what is pasta arrabiata, anyway?

Arrabiata itself is a sauce based on tomatoes, garlic and chilli peppers. The chilli peppers give it some real kick and that’s where the name comes from – arrabiata literally translates as angry.

Well, that doesn’t sound very nice.

Luckily, anger can be managed. While pasta arrabbiata really should have some chilli in there, it doesn’t have to be extreme. But it can be if that’s how you like it!

To control the level of spice, you have a couple of options.

Least spicy: throw a chilli pepper in the sauce while cooking and remove at the end.

Middle spicy: deseed the chilli pepper and chop the rest into pieces. Add it to the sauce.

Most spicy: Chop the chilli pepper, seeds and all, and add it to the sauce.

Of course, chilli peppers themselves come in a range from mild to spicy, so you have a range of options there, too. Here’s a rough guide and explanation to the scale.

Pasta ingredients #vegetarian #pasta |
Aubergine, onion and garlic are frying in the pan #vegan #aubergine |
The ingredients are frying in the pan #paprika #onion |

Aubergine Arrabiata? Eggplant to some.

To make our pasta arrabbiata stand out, Kat added aubergine (eggplant). Not only does it taste great and fill us up more, it comes packed with nutrients.

In fact, the humble aubergine is quite the underrated vegetable – research on aubergines shows that the aubergine can help protect the brain, heart and help prevent cellular damage.

As if that wasn’t enough, aubergine also adds a unique texture and taste to the arrabbiata.

Some describe it as ‘mushroomy’ (I wouldn’t as mushrooms are bloody gross and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near this dish), though of course beauty is on the palate of the beholder.

If you’re one of those weirdos that do like funghi, try this insanely popular Creamy Garlic Mushrooms. And I’m just kidding, I don’t really think you’re a weirdo if you like mushrooms*.

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*I do.

And finally, to the pasta!

Pasta arrabbiata can be further customised to your personal taste and needs. Many people love spaghetti, while yet more love penne. The choice is yours – use your favourite, or simply use up whatever you have in the cupboard!

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Pasta Arrabiata

This easy pasta arrabiata can be made just as spicy as you like it – you’re in control with our step by step guide. Sugo all’arrabbiata here we come!
Course Mains
Cuisine Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 545kcal



  • Cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
  • Wash and cut the aubergine and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Heat up a pan with olive oil on a medium heat. Add the aubergine, and mix in the salt and paprika.
  • Dice the onion and garlic.
  • After a couple of minutes, add the onions and fry until soft. When they are, add the garlic and fry for another 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the tomato paste and let it fry for a couple of minutes more.
  • Add the tomato juice, the tomato pieces and the sugar.
  • Chop the chili pepper and throw that in there too.
  • Let it cook (bubbling) for another five minutes.
  • Crush the almonds.
  • Serve the pasta with the sauce, adding salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the crushed almonds.

Make it gluten-free

  • Use gluten-free pasta
  • Don’t skip the final cooking stage, it really brings out the flavours. The same goes for the little amount of sugar, unless absolutely necessary to skip.


Kat’s pro tip:
Don’t skip the final cooking stage, it really brings out the flavours. The same goes for the little amount of sugar, unless absolutely necessary to skip.
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The nutritious powerhouse Creamy Broccoli Pasta
Incredibly Quick and Creamy Avocado Pasta
Surprisingly easy The Veggie King Microwave Baked Potato
Best dinner ever Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers in Mediterranean Tomato Sauce


Nutrition Facts
Pasta Arrabiata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 358mg16%
Potassium 1676mg48%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2554IU51%
Vitamin C 104mg126%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. WOW! What a MEAL! Very nice! Seems like it’s nice and filling!

  2. Amazing blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
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  3. Looks great and keen to try. 20g of protein is quite high – is this mostly from the almonds? Not complaining, love a protein packed vegetarian dish!

    • Hi Soo! It was a little high, thanks for poitning that out. I just ran it through the analyser again and it’s actually 15g, the pasta was registering wrong. I changed it to wholegrain pasta so it’s less calorie-heavy now as well. The protein comes from everywhere actually, mostly from the nuts but a surprising amount from the pasta and tomato, and tomato juice as well. There’s protein everywhere 😀 enjoy the recipe, I love this one!

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