Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta Arrabita
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Classic red sauce pasta; soft boiled penne pasta in a tomato-garlic-red chili flake sauce cooked in olive oil, Pasta Arrabiata is a yummy dish that can be had for lunch or as a snack during the day. Team it up with toasted bread to transform it into a light dinner option.


  • Penne pasta                                             1-1/2 cups
  • Tomatoes                                                 3 medium
  • Garlic cloves, minced or chopped              4
  • Onion                                                      1 small
  • Red Chili flakes                                        1/2 teaspoon
  • Oregano                                                  1/4 teaspoon
  • Sugar                                                      1 teaspoon
  • Tomato ketchup                                       2 teaspoons
  • Salt                                                          To taste
  • Black Pepper                                            To taste
  • Olive Oil                                                   1 tablespoon
  • Water                                                       1/2 cup
  • Cheese, grated (optional)                           For garnish


  1. Boil the pasta to desired softness. Drain and keep aside. Drizzle a few drop of oil on the pasta and toss it with your hands to prevent them from sticking to each other.
  2. Boil the tomatoes in water for 2 – 3 minutes. Cool them and then peel off their skin. Puree them into a fine paste using minimum water.
  3. Put a wok or deep frying pan on medium heat with olive oil in it.
  4. Once the oil heats up, add the garlic and then the onion.
  5. Sauté both until the garlic is aromatic and the onion becomes golden brown.
  6. Now pour in the tomato puree and stir. Cook for a few minutes and then allow the sauce to come to a boil. Let it boil for 2 – 3 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat and pour in water and stir. Again let the sauce come to a boil and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add salt, pepper, sugar and red chili flakes to the sauce and stir.
  9. Once the sugar dissolves add the tomato ketchup and stir.
  10. As soon as the sauce becomes slightly thick, add the boiled pasta to the wok or pan and toss it to coat nicely with the sauce.
  11. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle oregano and grated cheese. Serve hot!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2 – 3

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