Tuesday 11 March 2008

Recipe - Meatball Pasta al'arrabiata

Simply put, pasta and meatballs in a tomato sauce with a kick.

Al'Arrabiata is Italian for "angry style". At least according to Wikipedia.

You can adjust the heat a bit by choosing to keep the seeds in or not when you slice the chilies.

This is a very freestyle recipe, just add the ingredients in the amounts that feels ok to you. ;)

Pasta, cooked according to the instructions
Meatballs, cooked, homemade or bought
Onion, chopped
Garlic, chopped
Chilies, sliced - keep the seeds in to kick it a bit more
Fresh basil, torn

Start by sweating the onion and garlic for a little while in the frying pan. Add the chilies and fry for a little bit longer. Pour in the passata and start reducing it away. Season with salt and pepper. Taste it and add some sugar if it's a bit too tarty. Once it's started to reduce quite a bit add in the meatballs and let them heat up properly. When things are starting to look done it's time to stir in the torn basil leaves.

When the sauce is done pour it into the pot with the pasta and mix vigorously to coat all the pasta. Plate.


Have some basil food-porn ;)


  1. Great recipe! I made Spaghetti Alla Arabiata today but with my own recipe and just stumbled across yours! Next time will try yours! I have posted my version of the recipe on my blog!


  2. Glitzer,

    Thanks for the kind words and I'm really glad that you liked the look of my recipe.

    I just had a look at your recipe too and it looks very nice. I think I'll have to try that one too.

    // Mike


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