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Arrabiata Sauce

Arrabiata Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x


Arrabiata sauce is a classic Italian tomato sauce recipe with a spicy kick! Here’s how to make it at home.


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (1/2 cup finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28-ounce can crushed San Marzano tomatoes*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes**
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Finely chop the onion. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh ground black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer on low heat, partially covered with a lid, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and use immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days. If serving with pasta, it makes enough for approximately 8 to 12 ounces pasta. 


*San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of Italian tomatoes with a sweet flavor. You can also use fire roasted tomatoes for a similar flavor, or look for any best quality canned tomatoes. If using other types of tomatoes, take a taste of the flavor out of the can: if it is very bitter, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar to taste.

**This level of red pepper flakes makes a moderately spicy sauce. Customize the heat level if you prefer a spicier sauce. 

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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