Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta Arrabiata Recipe
Pasta arrabiata is a recipe with quite a bit of spice. If your family prefers milder flavor, omit the crushed red pepper flakes.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living Cooking School

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes


4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (29-ounce) can tomato puree
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (16-ounce) box penne pasta
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese blend*
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
Garnishes: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings, fresh basil sprigs


1. Sauté garlic in hot oil in a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and tomato puree. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in red pepper flakes and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

2. Prepare pasta in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and reserved cooking liquid to Dutch oven, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

3. Stir basil into tomato sauce, and pour 3 cups sauce over pasta. Toss to coat. Serve with remaining sauce. Garnish, if desired.

*1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese may be substituted.


October 2004
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