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Recipe for Pasta Arrabiata Modifed for Vegan

Updated on November 13, 2011

Pasta with an Onion and Tomato Sauce

This recipe calls for a minimal amount of fuss or bother, is quick to prepare and make.

More importantly it is like a good fast food outlet, as you modify it and change to it suit your mood and what is in your cupboard.


1 packet pasta of choice,

or Homemade pasta.

3 cloves of garlic

5ml of crushed black peppercorns

5ml of non-iodated sea salt

15 ml of oregano fresh is better

2 large onions

10 -15 cherry tomatoes (skinned) or 5 jam tomatoes

Chopped fresh parsley for garnishing

Chickpea Thickening or cornstarch

What do you do next


Bring a deep pot of water to boil add some salt, and a tablespoon of olive oil, add the packet of pasta to the pot. While the pasta is cooking.

Peel and chop the onion and the garlic, skin the tomatoes then add them all to the liquidiser or blender. Blend until the ingredients are smooth, and then transfer them to the stainless steel saucepans.

  1. Bring it to the boil giving it a good stir.
  2. Once it boils cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and reduce the heat to low then add the crushed pepper, let it simmer till it the onions, tomato mixture forms a thickish sauce, adjust the water content if to thick, or add a teaspoon of flour and water paste if to thicken it if to thin. Adjust to your taste and likes. In my household it is a good thick spooning type of sauce.
  4. Keeping an eye on the pasta, check to see if it is cooked to your taste
  5. Drain the pasta and place into your serving bowl, drizzle with some olive oil.
  6. Either pour the sauce over the pasta and then dish up.
  7. Or serve up the pasta and let each each dish up there own sauce.
  8. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan Cheese over the dish



And now for quick changes to the basics

The following, as I said before can be like the Fast Food outlet.

To the basic sauce, at point 3.

Add any finely chopped vegetables,

  • Zucchini, snap peas, etc.,
  • Cooked meats, Leave this out if you are Vegan
  • Left overs,usually some vegetables
  • Of course, chilies, and other spices that your family likes

My favourite is chopped ham, and mushrooms. Only the chopped mushrooms need be added if you are Vegan.

Let the mixture boil for a few minutes until the additives are heated through, or cooked.


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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Faye, thanks again fir your comment, I find that the zucchini is a very versatile member of the squash family, you can spice it up in a whole manner of ways, I have even used it a muffin with a bit of herbs and feta.

      Not sure if my eggless muffin is here or only in my cookbook that I am busy compiling.

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      M-m-m-m-m! I will be using the vegan version. Although I love zucchini, I never thought of adding it to marinara sauce. Thanks,Rodney!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks, maybe you will be tempted to try it. Good Luck

    • solarshingles profile image


      10 years ago from london

      This is one of my favorite foods and it is so perfectly done by my mother (not me):

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thats ok I still have to go back and do that bit, therefore tis I that is slow. LOL :0)

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi Rodney,

      I'm reading this while I'm cooking dinner - my stomach is growling.

      I saw you had joined stumbleupon. I just did yesterday. I'm trying to learn about sites that I can promote my hubpages to get more traffic. I just figured out how to submit my hubs today. I guess I'm a little slow.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Hope this is what you needed.

    • shailini profile image


      10 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thanks very much for the recipe.


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