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Spicy Arrabbiata Pasta

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Barilla. Thank you for supporting our work here at Food Heaven!

Food Heaven is rapidly growing (yayyyy!), which means 2 things: we’re busy and we’re hungry. Balancing a million things means that our meals need to be simple and quick. But simple and quick doesn’t have to mean drive-thru. The new line of legume pastas from Barilla has helped us whip up fast meals with a creative twist. They offer 4 varieties: Red Lentil Rotini, Red Lentil Penne, Chickpea Rotini, and Chickpea Casarecce.

There’s no need for frozen meals or fast food with options like these!

Ever wanted to make your own tomato sauce from scratch? Well, that’s what we’re doing today! We’re whipping up a spicy arrabbiata sauce and will be pairing it with the Barilla Red Lentil Penne. The pasta pairs with the arrabbiata sauce so well and can be totally customized with your favorite toppings. Not to mention, the Red Lentil Penne is a good source of plant-based protein and an excellent source of fiber. And the recipe takes only takes 20 minutes to cook! You can catch up on our podcast while you’re cooking, or you can just relax on the couch because life is busy and you also deserve that R&R.

For those of you wondering, arrabbiata who? Arrabbiata is a traditional Italian sauce usually made from garlic, tomato, and dried red chilis. It’s so simple, but packs quite the punch.

Now to cooking…start by adding the peeled tomatoes and sauce from the can into a bowl and break them apart into chunks with your hands or with a masher. Set aside. In a medium pot, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil, and add the garlic and onion. Sauté on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and tomato chunks into the pot. Stir and allow to cook for 20 minutes with the lid on, over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Adjust for salt, as needed. Cook entire box of pasta according to package directions (boil 4-6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta and boil for 7-9 minutes. Drain.) Once the pasta is done, top with the arrabbiata sauce, fresh basil, and shaved parmesan. Enjoy with your favorite protein! 

Now that you’ve got this incredibly easy recipe in your arsenal, make sure to stock up on the Barilla Chickpea and Red Lentil pastas. You can find them on Amazon!

Drop us a line and let us know your favorite recipes to whip up when you’re running on fumes!

Spicy Arrabbiata Pasta
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 box of Barilla Red Lentil Penne
  • 28 oz can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Toppings: fresh basil, shaved parmesan
Instructions
  1. Add the peeled tomatoes and sauce from the can into a bowl and break them apart into chunks with your hands or with a masher. Set aside.

  2. In a medium pot, heat the 1/4 cup of olive oil, and add the garlic and onion. Sauté on low heat for 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add the red pepper flakes and tomato chunks into the pot.

  4. Stir and allow to cook for 20 minutes with the lid on, over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  5. Adjust for salt, as needed.

  6. Cook entire box of pasta according to package directions (boil 4-6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta and boil for 7-9 minutes. Drain.)

  7. Once the pasta is done, top with the arrabbiata sauce, fresh basil, and shaved parmesan. Enjoy with your favorite protein!

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