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  • Brittany Aldridge

Spaghetti all'arrabbiata

Bright, spicy, and fresh Spaghetti all'arrabbiata is the perfect pantry pasta for when you're in a hurry but still want to eat something nutritious and delicious! This meal is part of my Healthy and Delicious Under $10 week - and comes in at a total price of $7.60 and serves 4 people.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced

  • 1 teaspoon of salt, or to taste

  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes or passatta

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes

  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano

  • 1 packet of spaghetti


  • In a large saucepan or shallow Dutch oven, on medium heat, add the olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes, onion, and garlic; and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft, around 7 minutes.

  • Next, add the red wine vinegar, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cup of water. Cover the pan with its lid and simmer on a low heat, stirring occasionally for 10-20 minutes.

  • In a large pot of heavily salted boiling water, cook your pasta of choice, stirring occasionally, until almost al dente - as it will finish cooking completely in the sauce.

  • Remove pasta from the water and using a slotted spoon add it to the large saucepan. Add 1 ladleful of the pasta water, and the parmesan, and stir until the parmesan is melted and sauce is creamy, glossy and emulsified.

  • Serve pasta in bowls, seasoned with more pepper, or parmesan and garnished with some parsley or basil leaves. Please enjoy!

Ingredient Price Breakdown:

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil - $1.90 ($9 for 1L)

  • 1 large brown onion - $0.54

  • 3 garlic cloves - $0.45 (1 bulb is $1.50)

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar $0.15 ($2.80 per 500ml bottle)

  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano - $0.30 (1 jar $1.98)

  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes - $0.53 (1 jar $2.20)

  • 2 cans of tomatoes $1.80

  • 1 packet of spaghetti $1.90

  • Pantry staples: water, salt, pepper

  • Total Price: $7.60

*all prices are in $AU, and averages based on availability at time of recipe development and geographical region (Sydney, Australia)

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