Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

Arrabbiata sauce is a tomato or marinara sauce flavored with chile peppers to make it spicy.  “Arrabbiata” means “angry” in Italian because of the addition of the chile peppers.  This sauce is used for the Mediterranean Stuffed Shells recipe. This is a versatile sauce that can be used on all of your favorite Italian dishes, it gives them an extra kick on your plate. You can make this with canned tomatoes in the winter and fresh tomatoes in the summer.

Making homemade tomato sauce is really pretty easy to do and tastes so much better than using a canned or jarred sauce. There are just a few ingredients that you need and a little time to let it all simmer into a pot of yumminess. I suggest you always make an extra large batch so that you have some to store in your freezer for later. You can use Arrabbiata on everything from pizza to pasta to meatballs or for a dipping sauce for your breads.

For fun and extra flavor try using roasted garlic in this recipe.

A pan of sizzling tomatoes boiling down to make the sauce.

This Arrabbiata sauce recipe, comments, and photos were shared with me by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.

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Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe:
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 6 ounces pancetta, sliced and coarsely chopped*
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups Marinara Sauce (homemade or a good-quality store bought sauce)
  1. 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.

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

  3. Makes 5 cups.

Recipe Notes

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

Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe”

  1. Scarlet

    With Italian food, it is often the more simple the better. Just using high quality ingredients in good combo does that trick and that is the case here. This arrabbiata sauce is delicious!


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