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Bowl of spaghetti arrabiata on the table with forks on the side, red pepper flakes and bowl of sauce.

Spaghetti Arrabiata

Add a bit of spice to pasta night with this quick and easy spaghetti arrabbiata recipe. Spaghetti is tossed in a simple homemade sauce made from crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and a pinch of crushed red pepper for some heat for an effortless weeknight dinner recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: arrabbiata pasta, pata arrabbiata, spaghetti arrabbiata, spicy spaghetti
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Karen



  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning blend
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes canned
  • 14.5 ounce petite diced tomatoes canned
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Additional fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese optional


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside, or prepare sauce while noodles are cooking.
  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until transparent and tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper and Italian seasonings and cook for 1 additional minute or until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped basil, sugar, salt and pepper and stir until combined.
  • Cover, and bring the mixture to a simmer (medium low heat) and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining fresh basil and serve over prepared pasta.
  • Serve with additional fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese, if desired.


Expert Tips:
  • Cook the pasta to al dente for the ultimate dinner perfection.
  • Salt the pasta water to flavor the pasta before the sauce is added.
  • Adjust the heat by reducing or increasing the red pepper flakes. You can add more or less to suit your taste.
  • Add the basil AFTER the sauce is done cooking for a fresh and sweet burst of flavor in the sauce.
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