Pasta Arrabbiata

For a while it seemed like we were eating Spaghetti at least once a week, every week. It had become our quick go-to meal when we were rushed for dinner. Boil the noodles, top with spaghetti sauce, serve with a green vegetable and fruit on the side and dinner was done in about 15 minutes. But then we discovered pasta with arrabbiata sauce. This is just as easy to make as spaghetti and it is so good! Although my husband and I love this dish, it's a bit too spicy for our kids. So whenever I make this, I top their noodles with spaghetti sauce while topping ours with this spicy sauce. All you need to make this dish is olive oil, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and pasta. I like to use Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta because this pasta has added calcium and fiber that regular pasta doesn't have. And it's still taste like regular pasta! For some people the strong taste of whole wheat pasta deters them from eating anything but regular pasta. With 7 grams of fiber per 2 oz. serving, Smart Taste pasta is a great way to get the extra fiber without the strong flavor. And, no, they aren't paying me to say this. :-) I'm just passing along what I've discovered. My kids eat whole wheat sandwiches every day but they still did not like the whole wheat pasta so I was excited when I tried this pasta and they loved it! The next time that you want pasta for dinner, try this spicy dish. It's quick, easy to make and so tasty! Pasta Arrabbiata

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less according to your heat preference)

1 14.5 oz. can of Fire-Roasted tomatoes

8 oz. pasta (something hardy, like penne)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the pasta and cook according to the package's directions.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté over medium heat until the onions and garlic are softened and the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.

Add the can of tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the liquid cooks down some and thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

Top the cooked pasta with the arrabbiata sauce, toss and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.


Nutritional information per serving:

281 Calories

8 g. fat

1 g. saturated fat

0 mg. cholesterol

278 mg. sodium

51 g. carbohydrates

9 g. fiber

5 g. sugar

6 g. protein