Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

Pasta night! It’s kind of a big deal over here. And by big, I mean biiiiiiiiiiig. Do you guys do pasta nights, too?! You totally should. They’re mad fun times!!!

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

I think pasta night (and pasta in general) just works because it’s fun, unpretentious, and carb-y! And heck. They can even be romantic! Lady and The Tramp anybody!?

… Yeah. Maybe we take our nightly noodle celebrations a little too seriously ;)  I blame (and thank) our Italian mothers for that.

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

Most weeks we typically have multiple nights feasting upon our beloved combination of noodles and sauce (and wine!) for dinner, and I don’t see that tradition fading away… like, ever. That’s just how we roll ;)

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

This herb and garlic loaded spaghetti fra diavolo is definitely one of the pastas I make most. It’s simple, saucy, and SPICY! It’s also a breeze to make on busy nights when cooking time needs to be short and snappy. Cause let’s be real… who’s got time for crazy & complicated?!

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo Adding cheese is always a good idea!

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

If you’re the kind of guy/gal that needs a little meat in your meal, this pasta can easily be turned into a heartier situation by adding some shrimp/chicken/lobster/etc. A little side salad and some crusty bread are also sexy additions to any pasta platter ;)

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo – Baker by Nature

Serves 4-6


2/3 cup olive oil

10 cloves garlic, sliced very thin or minced

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (add a little more if you really like the spice!)

2 1/2 cups tomato puree

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 pound of spaghetti, cooked al dente


Fill a large stock pot with water and salt and place over a medium-high flame; bring to a rolling boil and add spaghetti; cook for 5-6 minutes, or until pasta is almost al dente. Drain and add to pasta.

While your pasta is cooking, make your sauce!

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and just starting to turn golden. Add crushed red pepper, and stir. Add tomato puree, stir, and reduce heat to medium. Let cook for 8 minutes – stirring occasionally – or until the oil beings to rise and separate from the tomato puree. Mix in fresh herbs, salt, and pepper; taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the sauce and and stir to coat the noodles. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and let pasta cook in the sauce for 2-3 minutes.

Serve pasta with cheese, and eat at once!

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29 Responses to Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo

  1. Tieghan says:

    Pasta night rules, but it is more like a couple nights a week around here! Ahh yes!

    This bowl looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous! :)

  2. Pasta night sounds just perfect right about now!

  3. I could definitely go for some pasta right now, even though its 7:30 in the morning. Carbs are always a good idea. Love how simple and delish this looks!

  4. We don’t do pasta nights, but pasta lunches ;–) And this is going straight to our weekly menu! It sounds so delish yet simple to make. Winner! x

  5. One of my all time favorites!! My husband would go nuts over this!

  6. Tina Muir says:

    Yum! I have many pasta nights with my training!!! This looks delicious, perfect for carb loading before a workout! Simple and fresh! Looks great! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Gorgeous pasta, girl! Pasta night is a way of life. At our house we enjoy RP’s fresh pasta, gluten free these days. Our last pasta craving? Lasted 3 nights in a row just last week! :) Thanks for sharing! xo

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  9. What a lovely pasta recipe! Pasta nights happen at least 2-3 times a week in our house so will be pinning this one. :-)

  10. Love the ease and taste of this dish, great job, will be trying soon!

  11. I’ve never seen mint in a fra diavolo -sounds so good!

  12. Kathryn says:

    I would make every night pasta night if I could! Love the flavours in this, definitely going to be making it soon.

  13. Jabba says:

    Ashley, your blog is seriously awesome!! I’ve made a few of your recipes and they are all hits!
    Pumpkin pie squares, italian tuna melts and your biscotti to name a few.

    Keep it up, I’m looking forward to making this pasta (finally someone who adds 10 cloves of garlic like we do!) and more in 2014.

    Happy New Year!

  14. Paula says:

    All I can say is holy moly this was hot (spicy) but soooo yummy! I had to eat it with italian bread and dip the bread in sauce to help the spaghetti out and ended up filled up before finishing my plate of spaghetti between water and bread. haha. This is definitely a remake for my stepdad and I, just a tad less pepper though for me :)

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  16. Brenna says:

    Hello! I just made this dish tonight and I had to write to say thank you! It was delicious. This is seriously the perfect simple hearty noodle dish that a person needs in their recipe book. Surprisingly rich and satisfying. So good.

  17. Sumrana says:

    I normally don’t leave replies but I feel that I have to personally thank you for an amazing recipe! I couldn’t believe how quick and yummy this dish was. I have three little ones who are such picky eaters….but no one complained about dinner tonight and wiped their plates clean :) Thanks once again!

    • Hi Sumrana! I am so happy you did decide to leave a comment; it made my day! I’m so glad to hear even your little ones loved this saucy pasta :) It’s a favorite of ours as well. xoxo

  18. Tay says:

    What brand of tomato purée do you use?

  19. Patti says:

    Have you ever (or could you ever) replace mint with fresh basil?

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