Arrabiata literally means ‘angry’ in Italian and refers to the spiciness of the chilli peppers used. My spaghetti arrabbiata won’t blow your socks off but feel free to add more chilli according to your preference. If you’re a fan of pasta dishes and looking for something simple, easy but highly satisfying to make, then you’ll love this.

If I’ve already won you over, and you’re drooling at the thought of vegan meatballs and spaghetti arrabbiata, then feel free to pin it so you can make it later…

spaghetti-arrabbiataThe simplicity of spaghetti arrabbiata

This classic fiery red recipe is one of my favourite go-to sauces for pasta cooking. Not only is it bloody delicious, but it’s so simple to make and is incredibly versatile. You can use it in all sorts from soups to pizza toppings, subs and more.

We’re not talking wild ingredients either. It calls for a humble base of canned tomatoes and simple seasonings, making it an easy cupboard recipe that you can whip up all year round.
Arrabbiata sauce is traditionally served with penne pasta, but here I’ve chosen to serve it with spaghetti and shop-bought vegan meatballs.

spaghetti-arrabbiataHow to make vegan meatballs?

You can make vegan meatballs for a healthier homemade option. Many protein-rich recipes use lentils, quinoa, black beans or tempeh.

However, if you’re short for time, then you can pick up some vegan meatballs in the supermarkets. For this one, I used Iceland’s No Bull Vegan Meatballs made from soya. A few other examples include Linda McCartney, Birds Eye and Tesco’s Plant Chef.

What’s the best vegan parmesan for sprinkling on top?

spaghetti-arrabbiataCheese is a tricky one when you go vegan. Many supermarket vegan cheeses are coconut-based and simply don’t hit the spot when it comes to taste and texture. However, they’re getting better, and there are tonnes of vegan ‘parmesans’ on the market for you to try. I’m still trying them myself. Some examples include Violife parmesan, Urban Platter, Live Well, Pimp My Salad; but it’s also easy to make your own.

Another idea for a vegan ‘parmesan’ is a simple sprinkling of nutritional yeast (a.k.a nooch). You can buy Engevita Nutritional Yeast Flakes in the supermarket, and it’s a key ingredient to making vegan cheese sauces etc. That’s because it has a distinctive cheesy, nutty, savoury, and “umami” like flavour. Also, it’s a great source of B vitamins, so a great product to stock for your Life Without Meat.

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Much love, G x

Easy Spaghetti Arrabbiata with Tasty Vegan Meatballs

Easy Spaghetti Arrabbiata with Tasty Vegan Meatballs

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy spaghetti arrabbiata with Iceland's delicious No Bull vegan meatballs, using authentic ingredients for the best flavour. It’s an easy store cupboard pasta dish for a quick mid-week dinner.


  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large Birdseye chilli
  • 1 bag of Iceland’s No Bull Vegan Meatballs (slightly defrosted)
  • 100g whole-wheat spaghetti (egg-free)
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 vine tomato, chopped
  • 100ml of boiling water
  • ½ organic vegetable stock
  • 5 leaves of fresh basil (plus extra for serving)
  • 1 heaped tsp of free-from green pesto
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 3 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • Nutritional Yeast for serving (optional)


    1. Prepare your onion, garlic and fresh chilli then add to a pan on medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Allow these ingredients to cook for a couple of minutes, until their aromas are released.
    2. Add the frozen vegan meatballs and fry off with the existing pan ingredients on medium heat, stirring occasionally until they start to brown (a couple of minutes).
    3. Meanwhile, prepare your spaghetti. Boil enough kettle water for it and get that cooking following packet instructions. Add a pinch of salt to it for taste.
    4. By this point, the pan ingredients should be cooking nicely on medium-high heat. Add one vine tomato and the 100ml of boiling water and vegetable stock. Then stir in 5 freshly torn basil leaves along with the free-from green pesto.
    5. Check on the pasta to ensure all the spaghetti has submerged into the water and leave to simmer for 10 minutes (or until cooked.)
    6. Lower the heat on the pan ingredients. Then pour in chopped tomatoes and a squirt of tomato puree. Stir in a good grinding of black pepper, a pinch of sea salt, cayenne pepper and sundried tomatoes. Leave to simmer for almost 10 minutes (roughly the same time until your spaghetti will be cooked).
    7. Once cooked, drain and rinse your spaghetti with boiling water and divide it between two bowls with your arrabbiata sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh basil and nutritional yeast.


Allergens: Soy, Wheat

If you're new to veganism, double-check you do buy free-from pesto as vegetarian and traditional pestos still contain the animal-derived ingredient, rennet.


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