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How to Make Pasta Arrabbiata

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Arrabiata sauce pasta

Arrabiata sauce pasta

Fresh and Tangy Arrabbiata in 20 Minutes

Arrabbiata sauce is a tangy tomato sauce that is often served with penne pasta. You may have eaten this dish in an Italian restaurant. This sauce is exceptionally easy to make and requires very few ingredients. You might even already have most of the ingredients in your home!

I love making this arrabbiata because of its unique taste, and I often failed to recreate the same fabulous taste that I would get while eating at Italian restaurants. So after a lot of trial and error and trying new recipes every now and then, I finally got to the point where I was able to create the delicious recipe you'll find below.

What I Like About This Recipe

What I like the most about this recipe is how fresh ingredients can be used to make a flavorsome and fragrant pasta sauce in about 20 minutes. It is a super quick recipe that would be perfect for when you have guests arriving on short notice or when you want to make something special yet simple for kids.

Read on to learn more about the recipe.

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

25 min

25 min

Serves 2 people


  • 4 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1 medium size capsicum chopped, optional
  • 1 small onion chopped, optional
  • 3-4 pods of garlic
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Pepper, as per taste
  • Red chili powder, optional and as per taste


  1. Take a saucepan and put 2 cups of pasta in the pan. Add water to it, almost 3/4 of a litre, enough to cover the pasta and cook it. You can add some salt and oil to cook the pasta through and through.
  2. Cook the pasta for about 10 minutes. You should cook as instructed on the packet of pasta.
  3. Chop the four tomatoes finely and set aside.
  4. Chop three pods of garlic finely and set aside.
  5. Take another pan while the pasta is cooking. Take 1/4 cup of olive oil and add it to the pan. Heat the oil for about 10-15 seconds at medium heat.
  6. Add the garlic to the oil and cook till it's nice and fragrant.
  7. Add the tomatoes once the garlic is cooked.
  8. Add seasonings like oregano, chili flakes, and dry basil as per your liking. Add salt and pepper as per taste. You can add chili powder in case you want to make the sauce a little spicy.
  9. Cover the top of the pan and cook the sauce for about 8-9 minutes. Keep checking in between and stirring the sauce. You can add a little water to ensure the sauce is not very thick.
  10. Once your sauce is prepared, set it aside.
  11. This step is totally optional. Sauté the chopped onions and capsicum in a separate pan in a little olive oil. You can add other veggies of your choice, like broccoli, baby corn, etc. Keep aside.
  12. Add your sautéed vegetables (optional), sauce, and cooked pasta together.
  13. Serve the pasta in a bowl. Your homemade arrabbiata sauce pasta is ready to be enjoyed.


  1. While heating the oil, do not overheat it as it can burn the garlic that will be added later.
  2. Try to add seasonings, less at first. It can be added on later while tasting.
  3. You can add fresh basil leaves to the recipe instead of dry basil leaves.
  4. While serving the pasta, you can finely chop the basil leaves and add them on top of the pasta. It will give a freshness to the pasta.
  5. You can also add Parmesan cheese to the recipe.

Happy Cooking!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and would try this at home. Everyone in your home will enjoy this simple yet extremely tasty recipe.

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