fork picking up spaghetti with tomato sauce

Spaghetti al Arrabiata (spicy sauce) Recipe

By wlr Nutritionist Rosie Bourne

A quick and easy pasta favourite, our low calorie Spaghetti al Arrabiata dinner gives a spicy and sumptuous taste of Italy for less than 500 calories! Two pans and less than 30 minutes is all you need for a warm, comforting, calorie counted dinner that hits all the right notes. 

  • Recipe makes: 6 servings
  • Prep time:
    10 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Calories: 487
    per serving


  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 medium onion
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 500g dry spaghetti
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3¾ fresh basil leaves


  1. Peel and dice tomatoes, then saute in olive oil along with chopped garlic and onion. Add lardons.
  2. Cook pasta and cook according to instructions on packet.
  3. Stir tomato mixture regularly, cooking gently. Add chilli.
  4. Once pasta is tender, strain and place in serving dish.
  5. Add basil leaves to sauce at last minute, leave to simmer for a minute, then serve over pasta.

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Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)487
Carbohydrate (g)66.2
Fat (g)17.2
Protein (g)17.2
Fibre (g)3.7
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg1.5

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