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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 12, 2022

Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta | Irresistibly Delicious & Easy To Make

This Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta, known as Macarrones con Salsa Picante, is probably one of my favorite pasta dishes ever. Its got a ton of flavors to it, where the sauce feels like its been simmering for hours, it´s easy to make and all done in just 30 minutes.

Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta
Serve this pasta dish next to a Spanish salad, a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate experience. I recommend a tempranillo crianza from the wine region of la Rioja.

Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta
To make the tomato sauce, I finely grated 1 kilogram (2 1/4 lbs) of fresh tomatoes. As this gives the dish that authentic Spanish touch. However, you can sub the grated tomatoes for two 15 oz (425 grams) cans of tomato sauce or passata.

Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: What gives the tomato sauce that spicy kick is the hot smoked Spanish paprika. Except no substitutions here. As this not only adds heat, but an incredible smoky flavor that takes this sauce to the next-level.

Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 835 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 1/4 cups penne pasta 225 grams / 8 oz
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 2 1/4 lbs tomatoes 1 kilogram
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers
  • 12 black pitted olives
  • 2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 5 grams
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 1 gram
  • 2 tbsp Manchego cheese (aged 6 months) 15 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Finely grate the fresh tomatoes, thinly slice the roasted peppers, thinly slice the black pitted olives, finely chop the onion and roughly chop the garlic

  2. Fill a stock pot a little over half ways with water, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat

  3. At the same time, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  4. After 1 minute add in the chopped onion and garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the sliced roasted red bell peppers, 2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika, 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika and 1 tsp dried thyme, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomatoes, the sliced black olives and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer on a medium heat, between 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened

  5. Once the water comes to a boil in the stock pot, add in 8 oz penne pasta, mix every 1 to 2 minutes, once cooked al dente (check package instructions), reserve 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the starchy water and then drain the pasta into a colander

  6. After simmering the tomato sauce for 10 to 12 minutes and it has really thickened up, remove from the heat, if your sauce is to thick, add in a little of the starchy water

  7. Transfer the penne pasta into shallow bowls and top off with the spicy tomato sauce, finely grate a kiss of Manchego cheese over the sauce and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Spanish Paprikas I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish-Style Spicy Tomato Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 835 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 1010mg44%
Potassium 1745mg50%
Carbohydrates 127g42%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 6117IU122%
Vitamin C 94mg114%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Adrienne

    5 stars
    This looks like a zipped up Putanesca, but easier! Will br doing VERY soon! O

    16 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      17 . Aug . 2022
  2. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheese i love pasta soooooooooooooooooo much i never had spanish style spicy tomato pasta before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    12 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!! Much love 🙂

      12 . Aug . 2022

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