Microwave arrabiata

Microwave arrabiata

A classic spicy tomato pasta cooked to perfection in a microwave. You can use any pasta shapes in this recipe.

Recipe tested using a 800W microwave.



  1. Put the pasta and salt in a microwavable bowl, cover with boiling water and microwave for the cooking time stated on the packet, plus an extra 4 minutes. Stir every 2–3 minutes to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick together. Drain and set aside.

  2. Tip the garlic and oil into a microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, Italian seasoning and red chilli flakes. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway. Set aside to cool for 1 minute to allow the mixture to thicken up.

  3. Stir the pasta into the sauce and sprinkle over the Parmesan, if using.

Recipe Tips

You can add some frozen peas or beans to the pasta water for a pop of colour.

You can buy Italian seasoning in the herbs section of most supermarkets. But use dried oregano if you can't find it.