My recipe for Penne Arrabbiata is easy to make and has just a few simple ingredients. I learned how to make this sauce while living and working in Italy at a small Spaghetteria. It quickly became my favorite and I must have eaten this two or three times a week!
In Italian Arrabbiata literally means "angry"; the name of the sauce refers to the spiciness of the chili peppers.
Arrabiatta sauce ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- San Marzano Tomatoes
- Red pepper flakes
- Penne pasta
Heat a skillet (don’t use cast iron) then add the olive oil. You want to put the olive oil in a warm skillet, not a cold one. I recommend making this recipe in a stainless steel skillet. Never heat a nonstick pan that's empty.
Add the crushed red pepper flakes and sauté for about 1 minute
Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, don’t burn the garlic!
Stir in the tomatoes with juices.
Continue cooking until the sauce comes to a simmer, then lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes. ·
Taste the sauce, and salt, pepper and/or crushed red pepper flakes to your taste.
The larger Penne with groves helps the sauce to adhere to the pasta.
The sauce can be made a couple of days ahead.
What's the difference between Arrabbiata and Marinara sauce?
Both sauces are tomato-based, the Arrabbiata sauce is spicy and Marinara sauce is not.