Marinara Sauce Recipe – Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe


This is a very good basic Marinara Sauce.  Using this easy-to-make recipe, you can easily also make an Arrabbiata Sauce.  The term “arrabiata” means “angry” in Italian.  It is a tomato or marinara sauce flavored with chile peppers to make it spicy.  This Arrabbiata Sauce recipe is used in the Mediterranean Stuffed Shells.

These Italian Marinara Sauce and Arrabbiata Sauce recipes, comments, and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.

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Marinara Sauce Recipe:

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce Recipe – Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 small onions, finely chopped*
garlic cloves, finely chopped*
2 celery stalks, finely chopped*
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped*
1 small Serrano chile pepper, seeded**
1 Jimmy Nardello chile pepper, seeded**
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper or to taste
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 dried bay leaves and other fresh herbs to taste***
1/4 cup bold red wine (such as Australlian Shiraz)

* I used my food processor to finely chop up the vegetables.

** 1/2 jalapeno pepper may be used in place of the Serrano and Jimmy Nardello chile peppers.  Learn about different types of chile peppers.

***Try 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary, oregano, or thyme in your sauce or a combination of all.



In a large pot over medium-high heat, add olive oil and heat.  Add onions and garlic; saute until the onions are translucent, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the celery, carrots, chile peppers, salt, and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, approximately 10 minutes.

Add canned tomatoes, bay leaves, other herbs (if using), and red wine.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, approximately 1 hour.  Remove and discard bay leaves and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.  Remove from heat and let cool until ready to use in your recipe.


Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe:

Arrabbiata Sauce


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped*
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups Marinara Sauce (from the recipe of Marinara recipe above or a good-quality store bought sauce)

* Pancetta is an Italian type of dry cured meat, similar to bacon.



In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil and heat.  Add the pancetta and saute until golden brown, approximately 10 minutes.  Add the red pepper flakes and garlic; saute until tender, approximately 1 minutes.

Add the prepared Marinara Sauce; bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat, and let cool until ready to use in your recipe.

Makes 5 cups.


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