Today for lunch we made a Vapiano inspired Arabiatta recipe, which turned out good enough to share! It is a great recipe for a quick and wholesome lunch or dinner. For those who haven’t been, Vapiano is an Italian restaurant with a fun a lively atmosphere. At the entrance you are given a card that you use to tab your orders. Central to the restaurants theme is the no waiter service, you line up and place your order directly to the chef. With pasta orders, once you’ve tapped your card on the reader, the chef will proceed to preparing your order right in front of you. Pizza orders require time so you will be given a buzzer to notify you when to come back and pick up your order. Getting your food yourself with friends and then watching it being made really adds to the unique ambiance of Vapiano Restaurants. So far I have visited branches in 3 different cities, London, New York and Berlin. I highly recommend a visit!
Arabiatta sauce is simply a spicy tomato sauce. It’s very simple but so good! Here is our take on it with the help of the amazing “Marinellis Real Italian all natural Pasta Sauce“. This was the first time I had tried Marinellis and I was not disappointed, it truly had an “authentic” taste and I loved the fact it was all natural.
2 cups pasta
(I prefer fusilli however traditionally Arabiatta is made with Penne)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic sliced
1 red chilli finely chopped (If you like more of a kick add 2!)
1/2 cup mushroom chopped
1/2 cup spinach leaves
2 cups Marinellis Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce
Basil leaves and Parmesan cheese to garnish
1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in a pinch of salt and add pasta. Cook until al-dente.
2. Heat the olive oil and add the sliced garlic and red chilli. Saute until garlic has softened.
2. Add the mushrooms and soften slightly before adding the Marinelli sauce.
3. Bring the sauce to a simmer and stir in the spinach and pasta.
4. Serve hot and garnish with fresh basil leaves and parmesan.
NB. You don’t have to use mushrooms and spinach. The arrabiata sauce is the perfect base to add whatever you like.
Buon Appetito xx