Can't Stand the Heat: Pasta Arrabiata

My cousin Daniela, who came from México to visit me in California, is finally here!

While she skyped with all the people she left behind I went to the kitchen to cook a delightful surprise lunch for her. We’ve been going out to eat a lot lately so a nice cheap meal at home is just what we needed.What’s the cheapest thing on the menu? Pasta, of course! BUT I wanted to avoid the old college go to of ramen noodles or spaghetti. This pasta arriabata is easy to make and inexpensive. There’s no reason to ever settle for bad food for the sake of saving time or money because this recipe is the answer.


gavel3-300x300What You Need:

1/3 onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chili flakes

1 small handful dried oregano

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 can of chopped tomatoes (about 400g)

300g pasta

1 tsp salt


And this is how we do it:


Sorry, had to do it.


Step 1:

Fill a pot with water and set the pasta to boil. The water level should be well above the pasta. It will take about 10 minutes to boil. When the water starts to bubble and the pasta is soft, it’s done.

Step 2:

Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the olive oil to a pan and add the onions and garlic to cook on high. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes.

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Step 3:

Add the tomato puree and the chopped tomatoes into the pan with the onions and garlic. Next add the oregano on top and mix. Drain the pasta from the pot and add it into the sauce. Let it cook together for 4 minutes on low.

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Guaranteed deliciousness. Daniela even told me it was the best pasta she ever had. Okay she didn't, but she did say she expected it to turn out badly, and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

I'll take it.

I'll take it.


School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
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