Friday, December 6, 2013

Pasta Arrabiata

About Arrabiata sauce:

Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all'arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. "Arrabbiata" literally means "angry" in Italian, and the name of the sauce is due to the heat of the chili peppers.

Arrabbiata sauce is usually served with penne, and may have chopped fresh parsley sprinkled on top.Many recipes call for Parmigiano-Reggiano to be incorporated with the dish, but it is not necessary. There are many variations to the original recipe of arrabbiata sauce; a few include onions to be fried with the garlic and tomatoes.
Due to the small number of ingredients needed in order to make this sauce, it is quite inexpensive. Though most commonly used for pasta, arrabbiata can be used for other food. This sauce can also be used to accentuate or accommodate meats, poultry, seafood, bread and food similar to pizza. An example would be a dish called Agnello all’Arrabiata (angry lamb), which refers to spicy lamb with arrabbiata sauce. The crushed red chili flakes are common for many foods in southern Italy, a common example would be ricotta salata al peperoncino, a type of Italian salad which has a simple spicy taste.

Serves 4 to 6


4 oz of Pancetta, cut into small dice
1 lb of Penne Pasta
1 32oz can of Italian Peeled and Chopped Tomatoes
2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp of Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tsp of Olive Oil
Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Pinch of Hot Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste


1) Fill a large pot with water and sprinkle in some salt, bring to a boil.

2) In a large skillet with high sides, add the oil and let it get nice and hot over medium heat, add the pancetta and let it cook for a couple minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Add in the garlic and hot pepper flakes and let it cook for another minute.

3) Add the canned tomatoes and give it a nice stir, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow it to cook for about 20 minutes or until the sauce is nice and thick. When the sauce has about 10 minutes left, cook the pasta into the boiling water according to package instructions making sure to drain it well.

4) Add the drained cooked pasta to the sauce add the parsley and grate in about ½ cup of parmigiano, give everything a big stir adjust the seasoning if necessary and enjoy!

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