Spaghetti Arrabiata

My recipe for a quick, simple and slightly spicy Spaghetti Arrabiata. 

Arrabiata means 'angry' in Italian, and traditionally is a spicy red sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes and dried red chilli peppers cooked in olive oil. In my version, I've decided to add in finely chopped red onions slowly cooked and caramelised to add sweetness to the tomato sauce, and used Ardmona's Canned Rich & Thick Chilli Diced Tomatoes to add a kick of spice to the sauce. Finally, I used spaghetti for this one because I think it works perfectly in this simple red sauce.

Serves 4
Ingredients 8
Cooking Time 25 minutes
Skill Level Easy


  • 2 cans of Ardmona Rich & Thick Chilli diced tomatoes with paste. If you can't find this, substitute for regular canned tomatoes, some tomato paste and chilli oil.
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 red onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 100g of Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese
  • 1 small bunch of basil
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt, pepper and sugar to taste.


  1. Peel your red onion and garlic cloves and finely chop them.
  2. Heat a large pan with a few tablespoons of oil and add in your onions, stirring and allowing to sweat and soften on medium to low heat so they don't burn after 10 minutes. As they reduce and soften, they'll start to slowly caramelise and turn translucent, adding a really nice sweetness to the pasta sauce.
  3. Now add in your garlic and continue to stir and cook on medium until they start to turn golden.
  4. Next, add in your cans of Ardmona Rich & Thick Chilli Diced Tomatoes & Paste and allow to simmer on medium for another 5 minutes with an optional teaspoon of sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. 
  5. Whilst your sauce is simmering, start to cook your spaghetti till al dente.
  6. Once cooked, add in your spaghetti to the sauce, and add in a ladle of your pasta water. Stir and simmer for another minute to fully coat the spaghetti in the sauce and allow it to soak up the flavour.
  7. Transfer to a plate and twirl your pasta into a delicious mound.
  8. Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese
  9. Add some freshly cracked pepper and fresh basil
  10. Enjoy!

 Watch the process


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