Spicy sauces

How to Make Arrabbiata Sauce

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 23, 2022
How to Make Arrabbiata Sauce

Arrabbiata sauce is an Italian recipe for spicing up pasta and is known for its spiciness since it's prepared with hot peppers. The preparation is very easy and quick and provides an amazing flavour to the dish. Although the traditional recipe doesn't call for it, basil is a condiment that you can add and the arrabbiata sauce will be even more tasty. In this OneHowTo.com article you'll find the step by step guide to make arrabbiata sauce at home.

Between 15 & 30 minutes low difficulty


You'll need:

  • Frying pan
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Wooden spoon
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Steps to follow:


The first step to make arrabbiata sauce at home will be to chop the onion very finely and sauté it together with the crushed garlic, a pinch of salt and enough oil so that it doesn't burn. While cooking, make sure that the onion does not turn brown, cook until it has gone transparent or a slightly golden color.

How to Make Arrabbiata Sauce - Step 1

Then, you should peel the ripe tomatoes and cut them into small cubes. When the onion and garlic start to brown, add the tomatoes to the pan and stir them while they sauté.


The next step will be to add chili peppers or chilies, depending on how spicy you want the arrabbiata sauce to be. Also, you can choose other peppers that give a nice spicy flavour too. We recommend using real chilies, though you can also used powdered chili. Just make sure you don't go over the top, add one spoonful maximum!


To season the sauce, add salt to taste and if you'd like, you can add some basil leaves to give the arrabbiata sauce more flavour.

How to Make Arrabbiata Sauce - Step 4

Get ready to spice up your pasta dishes! This sauce combines with several types of pasta. However, it's extremely delicious with tagliatelle or noodle type pasta. You can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top too for a special touch.

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  • Sprinkle some ground black pepper for that extra spicy flavor.
  • Southern Italians also add finely chopped black olives to this sauce, so why not try it out?
  • Add sun dried tomatoes for extra tanginess and a beautiful and gourmet texture.
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