Arrabiata or Arrabbiata sauce is a type of hot and spicy tomato based sauce used in pasta made with tomatoes, garlic and red chili peppers. The name came from the Italian word “Arrabbiata” which means “angry mood” inspired by the sauce flavour.

It’s a basic pasta sauce and it goes well with penne but any pasta can be used. Traditionally this sauce does not contain any meat and uses either crushed red pepper or red pepper flakes but modern versions now use other chillies like habaneros, or jalapenos, there are even versions where sausages are added to make it a complete meal with protein.

For today we will make the original version, the one without the meat but we will be using some canned chopped tomatoes for convenience. If you love meat lover and can’t be convinced with this recipe well I suggest you try them the flavours of this dish is enough that you will forget you’re not eating meat at all.

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Serves: 5
  • 500 g Penne (or pasta of your choice), cooked according to packet instructions
  • 2 400g can Italian style chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp dried sweet basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • chopped parsley
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese
  1. In a pan add olive oil then sauté garlic and onions, once onions are soft add the red pepper flakes.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, red wine vinegar, sugar, cayenne pepper, dried sweet basil and dried oregano then bring to a boil then simmer in medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in parsley then season with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt.
  4. Pour on top of your pasta of choice and drizzle some parmesan cheese on top.


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4 Responses

  1. Mary Frances says:

    Arrabiata is one of my favorite Italian sauces. I love the kick from the cayenne. Now I’ll have to make some soon!

  2. Juliana says:

    Delicious pasta dish Raymund…and yes for the wine and hot spices…
    Have a great week 🙂

  3. Mmmm – always a favourite – Raymund:)

  4. Kristy says:

    This is hands down one of my favorite pasta sauces to make (and eat!). We love it with eggplant parm too. So good!

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