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Spicy Harissa Pasta

This delicious spicy harissa pasta is made in only 15 minutes. Quick, simple and perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: African, Italian
Keyword: harissa pasta, harissa spaghetti, spicy pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 490kcal
Author: Tonje


  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • cup harissa paste
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ lemon (juice only)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Boil the pasta according to the package instructions. 
    1 pound dried pasta
  • In a skillet, heat up olive oil over medium heat until it's warm.
    1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Add peel and sliced onions, washed cherry tomatoes, and finely chopped garlic. Sautee for a few minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.
    3 cloves garlic, 1 onion, 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • Add harissa paste, lemon juice, and seasoning to the skillet with the onions and tomatoes, and stir to combine. Sautee for about a minute or two, or until the sauce becomes fragrant.
    ⅓ cup harissa paste, ½ lemon, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Turn the temperature down to low, and allow the sauce to rest while you stir occasionally until the pasta is boiled. If the sauce becomes dry, you can add a spoonful of pasta water to make it more creamy.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain off most of the excess water. Transfer the drained pasta to the skillet with the sauce, along with a spoonful of leftover pasta water. Use tongs to coat the pasta evenly in the sauce.



  • Store leftover spicy harissa pasta in a fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Feel free to add other ingredients, like roasted vegetables, canned chickpeas or leftover shredded meat to the dish.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg