Penne al'arrabiata (pasta with a spicy tomato sauce)

Penne al'arrabiata (pasta with a spicy tomato sauce)

A spicy pasta al'arrabiata - or spicy tomato sauce to you and me - an easy storecupboard pasta dish for a weeknight supper.


  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus an extra dash for cooking the pasta
  • 2 medium hot chillies, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • handful basil leaves
  • 600g/1lb 5oz canned chopped tomato
  • salt, to taste
  • 400g/14oz fresh penne pasta
  • parmesan shavings (or similar vegetarian hard cheese), to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chilli and garlic to the pan. After about a minute, add the basil leaves and gently wilt them in the flavoured oil.

  2. Remove the garlic, basil and chilli from the pan and set aside. Add the chopped tomatoes to the frying pan.

  3. Put the garlic, basil and chilli back in the pan with the tomatoes. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened a little. Add salt to taste.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta for a few minutes in large saucepan of boiling, salted water with a dash of olive oil. Drain the pasta and the tomato sauce to it. Serve with shavings of parmesan.