Sugo all’arrabbiatta

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Sugo all’arrabbiata (pasta sauce arrabbiatta) is a traditional Roman sauce, from the Lazio region of Italy, particularily from the wonderful city of Rome. Sugo all’arrabbiata is prepared with a few simple ingredients, but it has a strong flavor, made with a sauce of peeled tomatoes sautéed in garlic and chili peppers.

The name “arrabbiata” means “angry” in italian. When you eat a plate of pasta with this sauce, your face might get red from the spiciness, hence you look angry. So if you order this in a restaurant, make sure you ordered a bottle of water or aqua with meal!

Angry Pasta Eater

This pasta pisses me off!

You can decide whether to enrich this pasta with Pecorino Romano DOP cheese or enjoy it as is
The key to this recipe is quality skinned tomatoes and quality olive oil. This makes all the difference in the world.
You can do the garlic in two ways: Either mince and sautée with the peppers In oil as part of the sauce or just smash the whole garlic with palm of your hand, let it sautée in the oil and the remove.
You can also use fresh peppers too.

Sugo all’arrabbiatta

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


How to make sugo all'arrabbiata


  1. First start cooking your pasta. You will want to use the pasta water to finish your sauce so don't throw it out!

    Either mince the garlic or smash it with the palm of your hand. Add it to the olive oil and sautée at medium low heat.

    Add the dried chilies and cook for 10 minutes so the oil is really infused with the garlic and chili flavors. If you mashed the garlic  then remove it. 

    Add the peeled tomatoes and bring the heat up to start a boil. Once boiling turn the heat down and let simmer for 20 minutes. Depending on the tomatoes, you should mash them with a spoon or cut with scissors to blend into the sauce.

    Add as much pasta water as needed to make the sauce the right thickness. Add salt and pepper and fresh parsley.

    Pour over your pasta and serve!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 394kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 830g1277%
Saturated Fat 1.25g7%
Sodium 307mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 69g23%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 5.1g
Protein 10g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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