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Quick Spaghetti Arrabiata

Chelsea Peachtree
This quick spaghetti arrabiata is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect spicy tomato pasta to make at home for date night, dinner parties, or a delicious hearty meal prep. All you need is 7 ingredients.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 624 kcal


  • ½ lb spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes optional to add ½ tbsp more for extra spice
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes no salt added
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped plus more for garnish
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Parmesan (vegan) for topping


  • Begin by cooking the spaghetti according to the package.
  • While the spaghetti is cooking, add olive oil to a large skillet over medium to low heat.
  • Once the olive oil is heated, add in the garlic and yellow onion. Cook until fragrant, approx 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, tomatoes and chopped basil and mix well.
  • Bring the sauce mixture to a simmer and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    The sauce will thicken up slightly, and the red pepper flakes will infuse with it, causing it to be spicy.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and toss until it is well coated. Option to top with vegan parmesan and basil.


Important Notes
Arrabiata is an Italian word which translates to angry. This pasta is spicy. If you are sensitive to spice, start with ½ tbsp of red pepper flakes.
If your stove top tends to run on the hotter side (for example, gas stoves), keep the temperature on the lower side.
While traditional spaghetti arrabiata does not have any veggies in it, I like to add mushrooms or broccoli to mine. Simply add them in before simmering the sauce.
The arrabiata sauce will last for approximately 5 days in the fridge. Please note, however, it can become spicier the more it sits. If it becomes too spicy, add in some cream, such as coconut cream or vegan cream cheese, to cut the spice. Gently warm it on a stove top.
This spaghetti with arrabiata sauce will last for 3 days in the fridge. Again, it may become spicier the longer it sits. Gently warm it up on a stovetop or in the microwave.
This sauce does freeze well, but when mixed with pasta it does not. Therefore, should you need to freeze this recipe, I suggest freezing the sauce only.


Serving: 2gSodium: 300mgCalcium: 41mgVitamin C: 3mgVitamin A: 3IUSugar: 4gFiber: 4gPotassium: 311mgCalories: 624kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 23gProtein: 15gCarbohydrates: 89gIron: 2mg
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