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Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe
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Arrabbiata Sauce
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  • READY IN 35 mins

Arrabbiata Sauce

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"Spicy and delicious. Ideal on penne pasta."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in wine, sugar, basil, red pepper, tomato paste, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, black pepper and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in parsley. Ladle over the hot cooked pasta of your choice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2005

This is a really awesome sauce... and for those of you who don't know, Arrabbiata Sauce is SUPPOSED to be spicy... so make basic spaghetti sauce if you don't like spicy foods to spare this recipe the bad reviews. Anyway, this recipe was great with some extras thrown in like chopped spinach and kalamata olives... I'll definitely make this again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 23, 2003

Easy and very spicy. I added a little heavy cream to tone it down a bit.

Jan 07, 2004

Too chunky- I was looking for a smoother arrabbiata sauce. So after ingredients were combined, I put them in the blender to puree them into a smooth consistency. I then added a splash of milk to make it a bit more creamy,and simmered as directed. Without these modifications I would give this recipe 3-4 stars, but after making the creamy version, I definitely give it 5 stars! Spicy, creamy. and even better the next day! Thanks!

Oct 26, 2003

This is the first homemade sauce I've ever made - and man, did it turn out great!!! I made it for the first time a coupla weeks ago, and we have it at least once a week... We've tried plenty of vatiations, italian sausage, chunks of chicken, ham, etc. We've also spiced it up as well, with more red pepper flakes... A+ awesome recipe! thanks for sharing!!!

Jan 02, 2004

We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant since we moved, but none of them make Arrabiata like they do back home. Now we know how to make it ourselves! I added Proscuitti (a gourmet Italian meat), and salami when frying the onion and garlic. It was gooooooood!

Jan 09, 2008

I thought this recipe was great. I did a few things different. Instead of using oil, i just used cooking spray. I also added chopped red and green bell peppers to it. Delicious!!

Jan 02, 2004

This sauce was amazing. My boyfriend and I made this last night, and I still cannot get over how great it turned out. It was very quick, and very easy to make. I served it over whole grain penne and mushrooms, and I was very very pleased. Since we like things hot, I added a dash of cayenne pepper to the sauce and that made it super super spicy! Next time I wont add the fresh parsley though! ^-^ Great for my first homemade sauce!

Oct 23, 2003

Wonderful recipe! I was worried because some reviews said it was too hot, so I was careful with the spices, and it was great. The wine you use can make a difference.


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  • Calories
  • 77 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 258 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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