15 Spicy Pasta Recipes
Switch up your weeknight pasta dinner with a hint of heat! These spicy pasta dishes are dressed up with hot ingredients like red pepper flakes, fresh peppers, and even pepper Jack cheese. With these top-rated recipes you can slurp on a bowl of habanero cream pasta, dish out spicy sausage ragu, or go classic with penne arrabiata.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun seasoning is the spice behind this decadent cream sauce. Tossed with linguine, chicken, bell peppers, and mushrooms, it's as flavorful as it is colorful.
Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
A splash of vodka (which cooks out) enhances the flavor of this creamy red pepper-infused sauce. Want to make it extra hot? Some reviewers recommend switching in spicy sausage in place of the sweet sausage.
Pasta Hot! Hot! Hot!
It doesn't get much simpler, or spicier, than this delicious recipe. Freshly cooked pasta is tossed with a blend of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese for a dish that's ready in mere minutes.
Spicy Eggplant and Pasta with Pancetta
"Even the most devoutly anti-eggplant zealot can't resist this savory combination of spicy eggplant, pancetta, and pasta," says recipe creator Andrew Bleiman. The base starts with a jar of marinara dressed up with fresh cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and salty pancetta for something that doesn't even resemble store-bought sauce.
Teena's Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta
Using a few pre-made ingredients means this spicy dish is a cinch to prepare. Jarred basil pesto is pepped up with fresh cilantro, spicy hot chile paste, and rich olive oil before getting tossed with pasta and sliced chicken.
Spicy Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Pasta Sauce
Hot sausage and red pepper flakes team up for this tongue tingling dish. "Roasting tomatoes is an easy way to add a flavorful punch to your pasta sauce," says recipe creator SunnyDaysNora. "Add in light and creamy ricotta and savory Italian sausage and you have the perfect complement to a hearty pasta like cavatappi or farfalle."
Habanero Pepper Cream Pasta
One dried habanero pepper is all that's needed to infuse this decadent cream sauce with plenty of heat. To make it a whole meal, recipe creator Stefanie suggests adding in cooked shrimp of chicken.
Spicy Sausage Ragu
All you need is a little patience to create this wow-worthy pasta. A low and slow simmer on the stove top with spicy sausage, tomato sauce, heavy cream, and white wine results in an irresistible dish.
Spicy Crab Pasta
You only need half a dozen ingredients to create this impressive pasta main. Using dried pasta along with canned crabmeat and diced tomatoes, you can have this pantry meal on the table in 30 minutes.
Instant Pot® Spicy Macaroni Salad
The tasty trio of pepper Jack cheese, fresh jalapeños, and sriracha add heat to this classic macaroni salad. The Instant Pot makes things simpler too, cooking the egg and the pasta at the same time.
Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Scampi
Classic shrimp and pasta in tomato sauce is dressed up with diced green chilies and red pepper flakes for plenty of spice. "Excellent. A perfect weeknight meal when you are low on groceries," says reviewer missdrea.
One Pan Orecchiette Pasta
Chef John created this simple pasta and spicy Italian sausage dish with college students in mind. "This delicious orecchiette pasta recipe only has a handful of ingredients, is very cheap to make, and most importantly: only uses one pan or pot for the entire procedure," he says.
Spicy Clam Sauce
This quick seafood sauce is ideal for serving over your favorite shape of pasta. The olive oil-based sauce is flavored with clams, red pepper flakes, oregano, and Parmesan for bold taste.
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Turkey Pasta
Don't let the pumpkin ingredient throw you off. This veggie acts as a great creamy base for pasta sauce, seasoned in this recipe for chipotle peppers and a blend of heady spices.
Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata
An Italian classic, arrabiata is a lip-burning tomato sauce infused with red pepper flakes and fresh herbs for bold flavor. "Easy, and very VERY tasty," describes reviewer ADJMCG.