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)