Quick and Easy Spicy Harissa Pasta

The perfect combination of flavor and spice! Delicate capellini noodles tossed in a bold and garlicky tomato-based sauce, with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. It’s a simple yet satisfying meal that will have you going back for more.

Quick and Easy Spicy Harissa Pasta

Simple and delicious Spicy Harissa Pasta. The perfect combination of flavor and spice! Delicate capellini pasta tossed in a bold and garlicky tomato-based sauce, with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. It’s simple yet satisfying. Don’t be fooled by its ease – this dish is bursting with flavor that will leave you craving more.

spicy harissa pasta

The spicy harissa pasta adds the perfect amount of heat, while the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes lend a fresh and slightly sweet flavor that complements the dish beautifully.

If you’re a fan of harissa and pasta, then you’re going to LOVE this pasta. It’s packed with so much flavor and super easy to make. Literally the perfect weeknight dinner.

Originally this pasta was a “raid my fridge” type of pasta. I literally threw it together on the fly with ingredients I had. And it turned out AMAZING. So I had to share. Feel free to add your favorite veggies and protein to add your own twist to it.

I meannnn, who doesn’t love a quick and easy pasta recipe. It comes together very easily. With most ingredients being kitchen and pantry staples. So, you can easily whip up this satisfying and tasty weeknight meal without breaking a sweat.

Spicy Harissa Pasta Ingredients

Pasta- I used Capellini/ Angel Hair pasta for this recipe. But feel free to use your favorite noodle
Harissa paste- packs the perfect punch of heat
Garlic- the more the better
Shallots- minced finely. Adds such a delicious flavor to this pasta
Pasta water- always remember to reserve a little pasta water for the sauce when making pasta
Parmesan cheese- finely grated
Sun-dried tomatoes sun-dried tomatoes with Italian seasonings and herbs
Seasonings– I used a variety of seasonings to flavor it up
Lemon Juice– I love to finish my pastas with a little acid. It adds a brightness to the pasta
Olive Oil- Extra Virgin
Seasonings- I used a variety of seasonings to help elevate the dish. One being Trader Joe’s Italian Style Soffritto. It’s a combination of crispy onions, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt, garlic, red peppers, parsley, rosemary, and sage.    

How to make it

Spicy Harissa Pasta starts with cooking the Capellini or Angel hair pasta according to the package. While that cooks, whip up the delicious harissa sauce. In a skillet, sautè garlic, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes and harissa paste until fragrant. This combo adds such a delicious brightness and depth to the dish.

After sautéing for a few minutes, sprinkle in the seasoning blend and toast for a few minutes to release the natural flavors. Stir in heavy cream and mix until combined. Add in spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Toss the pasta in the sauce, top with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes and that’s it! Simple, yet super flavorful Spicy Harissa Pasta.

Tips and Alternatives to make the best pasta

  • Cook the pasta al dente. Meaning it has a little bite to it because you will continue to cook in in the sauce.
  • heavily season the pasta water with salt.
  • Always reserve some of the pasta water
  • Add your favorite protein. Chicken, shrimp whatever you prefer.
  • Throw in more veggies. The sauce is so delicious, you can customize this pasta adding your favorite vegetables or protein.

More easy, and delicious weeknight meals?

Chicken Rasta Pasta
Easy Cheese Pesto, Cherry, Tomato, Pizza
Easy Mushroom Tacos

If you try this my Spicy Harissa Pasta please be sure to leave a comment, and or tag me on Instagram @cookwithci. I would love to see your recreations and hear your thoughts.

Spicy Harissa Pasta

Simple & easy harissa pasta with chicken. This pasta is bursting with bold flavors that will have you coming back for seconds even thirds.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people


  • 1/2 box Capellini pasta
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 shallot minced
  • 2 tsp harissa paste use to your discretion
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried with Italian Herbs Tomatoes
  • 2-4 tbsp pasta water
  • 2 pinches Trader Joe's Italian Soffrito seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika optional
  • red pepper flakes use to your discretion
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil pasta according to package instructions.
  • Add olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium heat. Sautè shallots and garlic until fragrant. Then add in sun-dried tomatoes and harissa paste. Sautè for a few minutes then add in Trader Joe's Italian style Soffritto, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt + pepper to taste. Toast the seasonings in the harissa sauce for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in heavy cream and pasta water and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, then add in spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Toss the cooked capellini in the sauce. Remove from heat and top with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes if desired.
  • Serve immediately in a bowl or on a plate with dinner rolls or garlic bread. Enjoy!


Feel free to make the whole box of pasta by adjusting the measurements for the sauce. 
Storage- Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container for up to 3-4 days. My current favorite storage is from Caraway.
Pasta- for best results I recommend using a long, thin pasta. Like angel hair, spaghetti or linguine. 
Customize it- feel free to add in your favorite veggies. Mushrooms, broccoli etc. 
Keyword Chicken Pasta, Easy Recipes, Harissa, Quick Meals

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