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pasta dish : rigatoni with creamy tomato sauce and grated parmesan and chili flakes on top

Spicy Basil And Oregano Pasta

  • Author: Jo & Bart
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Another pasta recipe that will leave you with a full belly and even better, a smile on your face! This spicy basil and oregano pasta recipe is so easy, it's perfect for a weeknight when you're short on time but still want to treat yourself.



3/4 pound pasta (here we used rigatoni)

1/4 cup fresh oregano

1/2 cup fresh basil

2 ounces Parmesan cheese

3-6 garlic cloves (minced)

1 tablespoon chili flakes (if you like it hot)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup heavy cream

olive oil

salt & pepper


  1. Start by cooking the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water, following the instructions on the package. Once al dente, drain the pasta while setting aside a cup of the cooking water.
  2. Simultaneously, finely chop the basil and oregano.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic until fragrant. Introduce the oregano and basil, allowing them to sizzle for a minute. Then, incorporate the tomato paste and chili flakes, cooking for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and continue cooking for two more minutes.
  5. Add the rigatoni to the mixture, along with the reserved pasta water, salt, and Parmesan. Thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  6. Over medium heat, stir the mixture for approximately three minutes or until a smooth and creamy consistency is achieved.


Nuts or Crunchy Topping: Consider adding toasted pine nuts, chopped toasted almonds, or breadcrumbs toasted in olive oil to provide a contrasting texture to the creamy pasta.

Finishing Touch: For a finishing touch, drizzle a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil over the pasta just before serving. This will add a luxurious touch and enhance the overall taste.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Pan
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pasta, Basil pasta, Spicy pasta, Spicy basil pasta