Penne arrabbiata – Italian recipe

Penne arrabbiata is a famous Italian recipe, a spicy hot pasta dish, easy and quick to prepare. Find this and many more recipes with pictures on the Giallozafferano App (in English)


I’m Sonia and welcome to the Giallo Zafferano kitchen where we’ll be preparing Penne Arrabbiata: a very quick pasta dish, perfect for when you have unexpected guests drop by. Let’s see the ingredients we’ll need:
• 14 ounces (400 g) of penne — the ridged variety is best.
• 3 to 4 Tablespoons of chopped parsley
• 12 oz (350 g) of peeled tinned tomatoes
• 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 fresh chillies
• Half cup (100 g) of grated pecorino romano cheese
Let’s prepare our “Angry Penne”
!In this pan I’ve put the oil and added the chopped garlic and chillies. Let them sauté for about a minute and after add the tinned tomatoes. I’ve chopped these up, but you can also put them in the food processor. Leave the tomatoes to simmer and absorb the flavours of the chilli and garlic and when it’s reduced a bit we can immediately add the pasta because the sauce will finish in the time it takes to cook the pasta al dente.
The pasta is al dente. Now, drain the penne and in the meantime add the parsley to the sauce. Mix it together and then add the pasta. Now all you need to do is to mix it together and serve.
Here’s our lovely plate of penne arrabbiata. All that’s left is to sprinkle with a bit of leftover fresh parsley and the grated pecorino and we’re finished.
Buon appetito from Sonia and GialloZafferano!


  1. It’l taste like jarred tomatoes and pasta. Im not Italian but ill top this easily. I would use the sauce of sunday gravy or tomato sauce that has simmered longer than 5minutes and only with some lonely garlics and chili… You can make this sauce in a microwave and it would taste same than this one.

  2. made this recipe with additional lemon zest and addet spanish black olives at the start to the garlic and chilli. the olives give it a nice, sweet kick and is very good for the texture… plus it goes along sooo good with the fresh parsley 🙂

  3. Authentic Recipe*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.*

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