This 20-minute spaghetti arrabiata is a restaurant-quality meatless meal you can easily make at home. It is quick and easy and provides the right amount of heat to keep you warm on a cold night.
Get a true Italian experience from the comfort of your home by making this angry pasta that will not leave you angry but full and satisfied.
What is arrabiatta or Sugo all arrabiata
Arrabiata is an Italian word for 'angry.' Spaghetti arrabbiata is an Italian spicy tomato sauce made with crushed tomatoes, chilis, garlic, and olive oil tossed in al dente spaghetti or penne pasta.
It is called angry pasta because of the heat in the chili, infused into the simple tomato sauce. Please note that arrabiata can also be spelled as arrabbiata.
Why you will love this recipe
Made with simple ingredients: In this recipe, simple ingredients worked hard to create an irresistible and delicious meal you won't forget in a hurry. You don't need fancy ingredients to make the best arrabbiata sauce at home. This recipe is the truth, and it doesn't get better than this.
Ready in 20 minutes: this is dinner on a speed dial. It is super quick and easy. You can make this restaurant-quality dish at home before you can even order a takeout.
Rich tomato flavor: The rich tomato flavor of this arrabbiata sauce is hard to beat. The combination of the fresh ingredients used in making this dish gives it an intense flavor and aroma you can't resist. This dish is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of tomatoes, heat from chilis, and the earthiness of herbs.
Easily customizable: This recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your taste. You can add more or less chili depending on how hot you want the pasta. I like it hot, but not head-blowing hot or the like that will overpower the freshness of the tomatoes.
What you will need
You will need the following ingredients to make this angry pasta at home in 20 minutes.
Spaghetti: Substitute with any long noodles of choice, such as fettuccine, linguine, pappardelle, and many more. Penne pasta is another popular choice for making this dish.
Whole plum tomatoes: use a good quality tomato plum you can find.
Tomato paste: this adds some richness to the tomato sauce
Red pepper flakes: there is no arrabbiata sauce without chili flakes. Use this as much as you can tolerate.
Chili paste: This is optional. However, if you like a good heat that doesn't blow your head off and still gives you flavor, then use chili paste.
Garlic: the tomato sauce for this recipe is infused with fresh garlic, so you will need a lot of it. You can adjust it to your preference.
Extra virgin olive oil: Substitute with olive oil.
Italian seasoning: Substitute with any combination of dried herbs you like. Oregano and thyme will work here for this recipe.
Salt and black pepper
Parmesan cheese: Substitute with pecorino romano
How to make spaghetti arrabbiata
Empty the tomato plum into a bowl and crush it with your hands.
Place a large skillet over medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil, and heat until hot. Add the chopped garlic and cook until fragrant and slightly golden.
Then add red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and chili paste, stir to combine, and simmer for 10-12 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
Cook the pasta: Boil the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat until al dente. Reserve about a cup of pasta water and drain the spaghetti.
Season the spicy sauce with salt and black pepper to taste, add fresh basil, and stir to combine.
Reduce the heat, add the drained spaghetti to the spicy tomato sauce, and toss to combine. Add pasta water to thin out the sauce if it is too thick. See, it is super easy!
Serve with more fresh basil or parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
How to store
Leftover spaghetti arrabiata can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Spaghetti Arrabiata Recipe (Angry Spaghetti)
- 300 g Spaghetti sub with penne pasta
- 400 g Whole plum tomatoes
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon chili paste optional
- 6 large garlic cloves or as desired.
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Salt and black pepper
- 10 g fresh basil more to serve
- Parmesan cheese to serve
- Empty the tomato plum into a bowl and crush it with your hands400 g Whole plum tomatoes
- Place a large skillet over medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil, and heat until hot. Add the chopped garlic and cook until fragrant and slightly golden.¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 6 large garlic cloves
- Then add red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and chili paste, stir to combine, and simmer for 10-12 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. While the sauce is simmering, go ahead and cook the pasta.400 g Whole plum tomatoes, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste, 1 teaspoon chili paste
- Cook the pasta: boil the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat until al dente. Reserve some pasta water and drain the spaghetti.300 g Spaghetti
- Season the spicy sauce with salt and black pepper to taste, add fresh basil, and stir to combine.Salt and black pepper, 10 g fresh basil
- Reduce the heat, add the drained spaghetti to the spicy tomato sauce, and toss to combine. Add pasta water to thin out the sauce if it is too thick.
- Serve with more fresh basil or parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!Parmesan cheese
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