Jamie's Spaghetti All'Arrabiata Recipe

In My Last Supper by Melanie Dunea, 50 of the best-known chefs around the world share the recipes of their final meals. Jamie Oliver chose spaghetti all'arrabiata, a dish of spaghetti in a tomato, chili, garlic and onion sauce he learned in Tuscany and has since become his favorite comfort food.

Recipe Facts

Cook: 35 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 7 tablespoons (100ml) olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 2 dried red chiles or peperoncino, crumbled or finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

  • Three 14-ounce (400g) cans of plum tomatoes, sieved, or 3 1/2 cups (800ml) passata

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 18 ounce (500gspaghetti

  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) red wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons (45g) stale bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (optional)

  • Fried sage leaves (optional)


  1. Heat about 5 tablespoons (75ml) of the oil in a large sauté pan over low heat. Add the chiles, garlic, and onion, and cook gently for around 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and let them cook until the sauce is quite thick, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti in the salted boiling water according to the packet instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/4 cup (60ml) cooking water.

  3. Once the sauce has thickened, add the red vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. To make the pangrattato, heat the remaining oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and thyme, if desired, and fry until the bread crumbs are crispy, about 3 minutes.

  5. Add the drained pasta and the reserved pasta water to the sauce, and toss to coat. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve with the pangrattato over the top. if you like, you can garnish with fried sage leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
514 Calories
17g Fat
77g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 514
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 571mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)