Classic Penne Arrabbiata

Classic Penne Arrabbiata

Dive into the robust flavors of our Penne Arrabbiata, a classic Italian pasta dish that sings with simplicity and spice. Each tube of al dente penne is enveloped in a vibrant, fiery tomato sauce, speckled with chili flakes and infused with the aromatic sweetness of garlic and basil. It's a dish that brings the warmth of Italian kitchens to your table, offering a zesty kick that's sure to enliven your taste buds. Garnished with fresh herbs and an optional dusting of Parmesan, this pasta promises a comforting yet exciting meal that's easy to prepare and universally loved.

Shopping List:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to taste for spiciness)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Fresh parsley or additional herbs for garnish
  • Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Cook the Pasta:

    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Add 1 pound of penne pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
    • Drain and set aside, reserving some pasta water for the sauce if needed.
  2. Make the Arrabbiata Sauce:

    • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add 4 cloves of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes. Sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant but not browned.
    • Pour in one 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes.
    • Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    • Let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, until it thickens slightly.
    • Tear a handful of fresh basil leaves and stir into the sauce at the end of cooking.
  3. Combine Pasta and Sauce:

    • Add the drained penne to the sauce, tossing to coat evenly.
    • If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency.
  4. Serve:

    • Plate the pasta and garnish with more fresh basil, parsley if desired, and optionally sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
    • Serve hot with a side of crusty bread or a green salad if desired.
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