Spicy Sausage Penne all'Arrabbiata

Francine Lizotte


This classic flavorful dish is slightly elevated with a nice smoky taste to it! Quick to prepare, you can enjoy this pasta dish in less than 45 minutes.


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4 servings
10 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 can(s)
    (28 oz.) whole peeled tomaotes, such as san marzano
  • 1 lb
    dry penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 3 large
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1 c
    red onions, finely diced
  • 1 c
    garlic sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    brown sugar such as demerara, or more to taste
  • ·
    freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 6
    fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, plus more for garnish
  • ·
    grated grana padano cheese, for garnish

How to Make Spicy Sausage Penne all'Arrabbiata


  1. In a large pot, bring salty water to a boil; add pasta and cook according to the package instruction.
  2. In a large bowl, add whole tomatoes and crush with bare hands; set aside. In a large saucepan over medium, heat oil. When it starts to shimmer, add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add red onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper and sugar. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add chopped basil; stir to combine. Drain pasta and add it to the sauce. Stir and serve; garnish with cheese and more basil.
  5. To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> youtube.com/watch?v=ZWFa-DAI4f4

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