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Easy Spicy Spaghetti Arrabbiata (Quick and Easy Pasta)

Skip the jarred pasta sauce and make homemade arrabbiata sauce. It is spicy, garlicky, and lip smacking delicious! Did we mention that this is completely plant-based, it’s meatless, dairy-free and vegan friendly!

Spicy spaghetti arrabbiata

This homemade arrabbiata sauce is ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s fresh, spicy, and packs a good amount of flavor. You can use this sauce with any pasta you like, we went with a spaghetti but it is just as amazing with a penne or rigatoni pasta.

What is arrabbiata sauce?

If you are wondering about the spelling, it is spelt two ways, arrabbiata and arrabiata.

Arrabbiata is a spicy tomato sauce that  originates in Rome, Italy. In Italian arrabbiata translates to “angry,” we can thank all the chili peppers and crushed red pepper for that!

Traditionally arrabiatta is made with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and dried red chilis. Our version has shallots, herbs, and some canned tomato sauce for a little extra umfph.

How to make arrabbiata sauce

  1. Sautè the garlic, shallots, and herbs. In a large deep pot on medium high heat add olive oil, garlic, red chili peppers, shallots, crushed red pepper, oregano, and thyme. Sautè for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. This really helps bring out the flavors.
  2. Add tomatoes. Add the cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt. Simmer for 20-25 minutes on medium-low.
  3. Cook the spaghetti. While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti al-dente according to package instructions. You want the spaghetti to be very al-dente. Cook the pasta until very al-dente. (The spaghetti will continue to cook in the sauce. You want the spaghetti to soak up as much of the sauce by continuing to cook in the arrabbiata sauce.)  Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain the rest and set aside.
  4. Purèe. With an immersion blender purèe the sauce. If you do not have an immersion blender, carefully pour the mixture into a blender and pulse a few times until the sauce is smooth.
  5. Add spaghetti. Pour the sauce back into the pot, add cooked spaghetti. Gradually add the reserved pasta water until the pasta is just the right consistency. Garnish with fresh basil.

Spicy spaghetti arrabbiata

Different ways to use arrabbiata sauce

Pasta. Yes, any shape pasta will be fabulous! We don’t discriminate. If you like a specific shape, use it!

Dipping Sauce: If you are having some cheesy bread with your dinner, use arrabbiata sauce as a dip. It goes so well! You can even use it for mozzarella sticks!

Pizza. This will me fabulous on a pizza!

Meatballs. Throw some meatballs and simmer!

Eggplants. Use it over cooked eggplants and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven.

What to serve on the side

Wondering what to serve a long side this spaghetti arrabbiata. Try our No Knead Focaccia Bread, it’s easy and will pair great! If you want to add a protein, try this easy Bruschetta Baked Chicken .

 

Easy Spicy Spaghetti Arrabbiata (Quick and Easy Pasta)

Jazz up your weeknight dinner with this homemade spicy and garlicky arrabbiata sauce.
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Course: dinner, lunch, Meals
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: 20 minute meal, 30 minute meal, all'arrabbiata, easy pasta recipe, easy spaghetti recipe, homemade arrabbiata, homemade pasta sauce, how to make homemade arrabbiata sauce, spaghetti all'arrabbiata
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 16 oz spaghetti, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 15 cloves peeled garlic
  • 3 peeled and sliced shallots
  • 2 red chili peppers, seeded and chopped optional
  • 32 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large deep pot on medium high heat add olive oil, garlic, red chili peppers, shallots, crushed red pepper, oregano, and thyme. Sautè for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until reduced by 1/3rd. Be sure to stir occasionally.
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti al-dente according to package instructions. You want the spaghetti to be very al-dente (see note) Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain the rest and set aside.
  • With an immersion blender purèe the sauce. If you do not have an immersion blender, carefully pour the mixture into a blender and pulse a few times until the sauce is smooth.
  • Pour the sauce back into the pot, add cooked spaghetti. Gradually add the reserved pasta water until the pasta is just the right consistency.

Video

Notes

Notes
Cook the pasta until very al-dente. The spaghetti will continue to cook in the sauce. You want the spaghetti to soak up as much of the sauce by continuing to cook in the arrabbiata sauce. 
Taste and adjust the seasonings. 
Some more pasta recipes to try

One Pan Alfredo

Sheet Pan Spaghetti

Notes

Batch size. This recipe makes a whole 1-pound box of pasta, which is a fairly large batch. If you want to half this, feel free to do so.  A great option is to make the full arrabbiata sauce, and use half of the sauce with 8 oz of the cooked pasta. Let the sauce cool completely and place in a jar for a later use.

Spice Level: This sauce can be quite spicy, you can adjust the spice level by omitting the chili peppers and/or crushed red peppers.

Consistency: If the sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water until your desired consistency. If you threw out the pasta water, feel free to use water, or broth, or even a splash of milk or cream if you do not mind the dairy.

If you try this recipe, be sure to give us a review and tag us on social!

Spicy spaghetti arrabbiata

Recipe inspiration from Fig & Olive Platter.

 

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