Classic penne alla arrabiata

Classic Penne Alla Arrabiata Recipe

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This is a classic Italian pasta dish. I got the recipe years ago from my friends mom, who was originally from Italy, so you know it's the real deal. Serve w/ homemade garlic bread and a glass of chianti, and you'll feel like you are in italy.


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20 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    penne pasta, i used ronzoni smart taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 c
    red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 6 oz
    genoa salami, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 2
    14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, w/ juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp
    light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c
    fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 c
    grated fresh parmesan cheese.

How to Make Classic penne alla arrabiata


  1. Cook pasta as directed, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, drain. Heat oil in lg skillet over med-high heat. Add onion and saute for 5 mins.
  2. Add garlic, salami and red pepper flakes, saute 7 mins or until fragrant. Add tomatoes w/ their juice, tomato paste, brown sugar, and vinegar.
  3. Stir well. Reduce heat to medium, simmer for 15 mins. Season w/ salt & pepper. Transfer pasta to lg serving bowl, spoon sauce over pasta, toss to coat. Sprinkle w/ bail and parmesan cheese.

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About Classic penne alla arrabiata

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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