Easy Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

    25 min

    This is a spicy tomato pasta sauce that's easily made by adding garlic and chilli peppers to passata or a few tins of chopped tomatoes. Sometimes, I add cooked bacon.


    Midlothian, Scotland, UK
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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 (500g) jar/carton tomato passata
    • 1 teaspoons dried chilli flakes or 1 fresh chilli, chopped
    • Fresh basil leaves, to serve
    • 225g spaghetti or penne pasta

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Heat olive oil, and cook garlic just until softened. Add passata and chilli. Simmer over low heat to thicken slightly.
    3. Stir in the cooked pasta and chopped basil leaves. Serve with grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.

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    I tried this at a local restaurant and loved it. Decided to look recipe up and was delighted that it was so easy. I added 2 500 g of passata because I needed more sauce. I also used dried basil but it still tasted great. One to use when you haven't got any time either with penne or spaghetti both have great taste.  -  22 Aug 2015


    I am quite an adventurous cooker!!! I did tweak the recipes due to not having the ingredients but I used this... 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tbsp. garlic puree 500g tomato passata dash of salt and pepper (more salt than pepper but NOT TOO much) As much pasta as there was left in the bag.  -  02 Mar 2015