Arrabiata + Rigatoni | Recipe


Prep time : 1 min | Cook time : 14 mins | Total time : 15 mins

I wasn’t sure if it was too soon for another recipe post but after dilly dallying for a while…here we are! This is one of my all time favourite comfort foods. It’s nothing ground breaking but it’s one of those simple meals that comes together in no time and tastes so damn good! Sometimes I add roasted garlic broccoli or green beans as a side; it’s honestly the best combo.


  • Rigatoni or Pasta of your choice
  • 1 can of Chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 Fresh Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • Basil
  • Freshly ground or Coarse black pepper
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Red Chilli Flakes
  • Olive Oil (EVO)
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Extra Basil Leave
  • Shaved Parmesan


  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions.
  2. In a shallow pan add olive oil and turn the heat to medium-low. Add minced garlic and stir continuously till fragrant and slightly golden. Be careful not to burn them or it will give the dish a be a bitter taste.
  3. Add chilli Flakes and stir for 30 seconds. Add as much or as little as you can handle. To play it save a tiny pinch will do.
  4. Now add your chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 mins.
  5. After 5 mins add your seasoning; Salt, Pepper and a sprinkle of sugar. Cook for another 5 mins.
  6. Add ribbons of Basil and stir through. “Ribbons” is my fancy way of saying shredded basil leaves. I stack a few basil leaves, then using a pair of kitchen scissors I cut them into thin strips straight into the dish. Great tip for saving on time.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning. Feel free to thin out the sauce with a little water or add tomato puree to thicken. After 1 Minute turn the heat off and serve on top of your pasta with extra Basil leaves and Parmesan.


If like me you’re not a fan of chopped tomatoes and find them a little acidic sometimes, you could substitute chopped tomatoes with passata.

You can also pan fry the Arrabbiata sauce and pasta together and it tastes just as good if not better, just undercook your pasta a little be for pan frying with the sauce.

If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic & use the hashtag #HelloHenrietta I’d love to see it!


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