Monday, January 11, 2010

Arrabbiata Sauce

Arrabbiata sauce is hands down my favorite sauce. It is tomato based, making it a healthy, light sauce, but it is packing a lot of flavor from the spicy red pepper flakes. Recently I have been really craving pasta with red sauce. I knew I would need to whip up some arrabbiata sauce so I went to All Recipes and sure enough there were many recipes to choose from. I modified this original recipes to make it slightly less chunky by replacing one can of diced tomatoes with 1.5 cups of tomato sauce. This was the most delicious sauce I have ever made. It was spicy yet slightly sweet. My husband, who could care less about red sauce, ate a HUGE plate of pasta with this stuff and kept raving about it. Big winner here- I will be making this regularly!

Source: Adapted from All Recipes


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes
1.5 cups tomato sauce (use something without added flavor- like a can of Hunts tomato sauce or Ragu traditional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.
Stir in wine, sugar, basil, red pepper, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, black pepper and tomato sauce and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes.
Stir in parsley. Ladle over the hot cooked pasta of your choice.

** 1 point per 1/2 cup serving, about 8 servings total


  1. Arrabbiata is one of my favorite sauces too! Did you know arrabiata means 'angry' in Italian? too cute!

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. Made with the perfect amount of spice. Just enough Kick but not too much.