If you like a simple but traditional healthy pasta arrabbiata then this could be the recipe for you. It can be topped if you prefer with a little grated cheese if you prefer.

Penne pasta with chilli sauce arrabiata

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How to make a basic tomato pasta sauce base

I love pasta as a quick easy meal to make without always needing a recipe. If you don’t have the time for this basic healthy pasta arrabbiata recipe or just fancy chucking something together then simply boil your pasta according to packet instructions in one pan and meanwhile heat some low-calorie cooking spray in a frying pan.

Add chopped onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Then add any other vegetables you like such as mushrooms and peppers, when they are cooked add passata or tinned tomatoes and mixed herbs and warm through then add to the cooked pasta. Simple but tasty!

I sometimes add some mozzarella balls to melt as it is stirred through for a cheesy extra! Alternatively what about a sprinkle of parmesan? don’t forget to syn it though if you follow Slimming World!

Pasta Arrabbiata for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

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The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Other meals you may enjoy

If you, like me, are a big fan of pasta then here are a few other pasta dishes I think you will love if you love this Slimming World friendly and healthy pasta arrabbiata.

Healthy and easy carbonara

Mediterranean vegetable lasagne

Leek macaroni cheese

Leek and macaroni cheese
Leek and macaroni cheese

Spaghetti Primavera

Chicken fajita pasta bake

Fruit pasta salad

If you want to check out even more pasta recipes I have lots of ideas here.

This recipe for pasta arrabbiata is great for a meal on a budget. I have lots more budget meals here including things like chip shop curry sauce and Butternut squash pasta bake.

If you came across this recipe looking for vegetarian or vegan meal ideas then be sure to check out my selection of vegan and vegetarian recipes here.

What is your favourite pasta dish?

Bruschetta pasta salad
Bruschetta pasta salad

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Pasta arrabbiata

Pasta arrabbiata

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Stove top, hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious Pasta arrabbiata made that is healthy and nutritious so perfect for dieters and their friends or family to all enjoy together



low-calorie cooking spray

1 large onion, chopped finely

400g can of chopped tomatoes

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 red chilli, finely sliced

vegetable stock cube, crumbled

1 tbsp tomato puree

300g pasta shapes of your choice


Spray a lidded saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and heat until hot.

Add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft and starting to brown.

Add the tomatoes, stock cube and sliced chilli with 100ml of boiling water, cover and simmer for 10 minutes then stir in the tomato puree.

Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling water according to packet instructions.

Drain the pasta and add in the tomato sauce, stir well then serve.


This sauce freezes well so can easily be made in advance so you only need to cook the pasta on a busy night.

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  1. I love spice, so added a second chilli, but this recipe is quick and easy – loved it so much that I batch cooked some for the freezer too. Can vouch for it tasting just as great after being in there too!