Super Simple Arrabbiata Sauce

A bowl of fusilli pasta, with arrabbiata sauce, spicy vegan sausages and sauteed greens on top.

My Tomato Sauce Saga

Super Simple Arrabbiata Sauce

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 28 oz can of WHOLE tomatoes (I would even push the boat out and get the nice ones in a jar if you can — with such a simple recipe, quality ingredients are always better)
  • 1–4 cloves of garlic (add as many as your heart wants)
  • 1 tbsp of red chili flakes (or dice up some fresh chilis, add another tbsp if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • ~2 cups pasta (450g — traditionally penne was used, but I used fusilli, and it was delicious)
  • ~½ cup of the reserved pasta water
  • Salt
  • Any toppings (again, traditional is parm and a drizzle of olive oil, maybe a few basil leaves, but go with what your heart wants — mine wanted spicy vegan sausage and greens)

Instructions (15–20 minutes)

  1. Cook your pasta according to pasta instructions in salted boiling water; set aside. I recommend pulling the pasta off the heat and draining it just before it gets to al dente because you’ll cook it more in the last step of this recipe. Do not forget to reserve about ½ a cup of pasta water.
  2. If you’re using jarred passata, skip this step. If you’re using whole, canned tomatoes, then pour them into a bowl and smoosh them up into pieces with clean hands. They don’t need to be smooth, but you want bite-sized pieces.
  3. Mince your garlic while you heat the olive oil in a medium pan. You want a pan with a thick lip because you’ll be adding liquid to it later, and you don’t want it to overflow or splash you. That ish hurts!
  4. When the oil is hot, throw in your garlic and chilis and cook until fragrant (maybe 1–2 minutes).
  5. Pour in your smooshed tomatoes and a nice pinch of salt. Stir and bring to a simmer. You’re going to want to reduce/ thicken it for a couple of minutes.
  6. Then, add your pasta water and stir until combined. Bring back up to a simmer and reduce/ thicken for 1–2 minutes, or until the sauce looks thick and silky.
  7. Add the pasta and toss. Add in or on your favourite toppings with a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

Final thoughts




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Aspiring writer who loves to eat, run and get lost out in the great outdoors.

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