Microwave Pasta Arrabiatta


75g pasta
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1–2 tsp oil
200g/7oz tinned chopped tomatoes
1–2 tbsp tomato purée
½ tsp red chilli flakes, to taste
1 tsp Italian seasoning or dried oregano
1 tbsp grated Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative (optional)
Pinch of salt


  1. Put the pasta and salt in a microwavable bowl, cover with boiling water and microwave for the cooking time stated on the packet, plus an extra 4 minutes. Stir every 2–3 minutes to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick together. Drain and set aside.
  2. Tip the garlic and oil into a microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, Italian seasoning and red chilli flakes. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway. Set aside to cool for 1 minute to allow the mixture to thicken up.
  3. Stir the pasta into the sauce and sprinkle over the Parmesan, if using.

Recipe Tips

You can add some frozen peas or beans to the pasta water for colour and extra vegetables.


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