Spicy Tomato & Arugula Pasta

The simplicity of this healthy pasta recipe makes it good family fare. For a touch of heat, mild Anaheim chiles are augmented with crushed red pepper and garlic.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
8 servings


  • 3 medium red tomatoes, diced

  • 2 medium yellow tomatoes, diced

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 pound whole-wheat angel hair pasta or spaghettini

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 medium shallots, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 Anaheim chiles, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped arugula

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8 pinches Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Combine red and yellow tomatoes with salt in a large bowl. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and release their juices, about 40 minutes.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Dry the pot and add oil; heat over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and their juice; bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the pasta, the fresh tomatoes, chiles, arugula, oregano, crushed red pepper and ground pepper. Cook, stirring, until hot, about 2 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

305 Calories
7g Fat
53g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 19%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 775IU 15%
Vitamin C 86mg 96%
Folate 34mcg 8%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 658mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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