Italian Essentials: Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce 

Andy Anderson !


This Arrabbiata sauce is easy/peasy to make. My Aunt Josephine could whip it up, and have it on the table with a steaming bowl of pasta in under 30 minutes. Ah, how I miss those days.

It is just a simple tomato sauce infused with onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. As I have said before, some of the best-tasting recipes, are the simplest to make.

In addition, it is a versatile recipe that can be used on everything from pasta to pizza.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, thinly sliced
  • 14 oz
    diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1 tsp
    oregano, dried variety
  • 1 tsp
    parsley, dried variety
  • 1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • 1/2 lb
    cooked ground italian sausage… yummy
  • ·
    fresh-baked crusty italian bread
  • ·
    freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to Make Italian Essentials: Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce 


  2. You will need a good saucepan that is large enough to hold all the ingredients.
    Some people prefer this sauce smooth. If that is your choice, then you will need an immersion blender, or food processor.
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Chop the onions, and thinly slice the garlic.
  5. Add the olive oil into a saucepan, over medium heat.
  6. Add the onions, and the garlic into the saucepan.
  7. Cook and stir until the onions, soften, and begin taking on a bit of color, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Add the remainder of the ingredients (except the salt, and pepper), and reduce the heat until the sauce is slowly simmering.
  9. Allow to gently simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  10. Chef’s Note: As the sauce is simmering, taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  11. Chef’s Note: If you are using the precooked ground Italian sausage, add it in halfway through the simmering process.
    However, if you are planning to blend the sauce to make it smooth, do not add the sausage until after the blending.
  13. Serve with just about any kind of pasta, or use it as a sauce for a nice pizza. Let your imagination go wild. Enjoy.
  14. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce 

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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