Arrabiata pasta recipe with step by step pics – pasta arrabiata is a popular pasta recipe from the italian cuisine. In this dish the pasta is spiced with red chilies and thus the pasta becomes spicy. Hence the name “arrabiata” which means angry in italian language. the word angry here is referred to the spiciness in the pasta.
Arrabiata pasta is one of those pasta recipes that is a breeze to cook and serve too. All you need is some pasta and tomato puree. Here I have used puree made from fresh tomatoes. You can even use half chopped tomatoes and half tomato purée. If you like chunky pieces of tomatoes, then chop and add them.
Apart from tomato puree, very few ingredients are added like garlic and basil. Chilies can be added in the form of chopped red fresh chilies or chilli flakes. You can also use red chili powder if you do not have fresh red chilies or chili flakes. I did not have fresh red chilies. So I ground some kashmiri red chilies to get chili flakes, which gave a nice red color to the arrabiata sauce.


For cooking pasta

  • 2 cups Fusilli pasta OR 175 grams fusilli pasta
  • 1 litre Water
  • ½ teaspoon Salt Or add as required

For the arrabiata sauce

  • 220 grams Tomatoes OR 2 large tomatoes OR 2 cups chopped tomatoes OR 1 cup tomato purée
  • 5 grams Garlic OR 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli flakes Or add as required, can use ½ teaspoon red chilli powder also
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried oregano Or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped fresh basil leaves OR 1 to 2 basil leaves - chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder Or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon Sugar - OPTIONAL
  • ¼ cup Water - OPTIONAL
  • Vegetarian parmesan or processed cheese as required - OPTIONAL


cooking pasta

  • Heat 1 litre water along with ½ teaspoon salt in a pan. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Then add 2 cups fusilli pasta (175 grams). You can even add penne pasta.
  • On a medium to high flame, cook till the pasta is done. You can choose to cook the pasta till al dente or can cook it completely.
  • In a colander, drain the pasta and keep aside.


  • Recipe can be doubled
  • You can add red chili flakes less or more as per your preferences.

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