This Homemade Spicy Italian Arrabbiata Sauce recipe is super easy to make and extremely delicious. It’s also gluten-free and free of any fillers and junk ingredients.
Today, I’m sharing my rustic homemade spicy Italian arrabbiata sauce recipe!
Arrabiata sauce is essentially a tomato sauce made with garlic, olive oil, and most importantly, red pepper flakes. It’s traditionally used as a pasta sauce but I’ve also used it as sauce on homemade pizza, on meatballs and even in a red chile stew.
Though garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes are a wonderful combination, I added some fresh garden herbs and onions to give the sauce a bit more depth, especially since I used canned tomatoes. The amount of red pepper flakes I used was perfect – spicy enough for my taste (which is a bit more than your average home cook) but not overwhelmingly hot. Let’s just put it this way – I could still actually taste my food after eating this sauce. I know how that feels because I’ve had my fair share of fiery Thai curries that left me gasping for air and reaching for a glass of cold water. This is not that.
I’m extremely proud of this recipe – it’s one of the best Arrabbiata sauces I’ve ever had. The best part? I made it and now you can too!
Do you have a favorite type of tomato sauce? What are some different ways you use tomato sauce? Let me know in the comments below!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 small onion minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 16 oz can diced tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1.5 cups chicken stock
- 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes less for a less spicier flavor
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. When almost smoking, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, herbs, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer until reduced slightly, about 15 minutes.
Once reduced, use immersion blender (or regular blender) to break up the chunks of diced tomatoes but without making the consistency overly smooth.
Season the sauce with more salt to taste, if needed.
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my recipe for Juicy Italian Turkey Meatballs that I made using this arrabbiata sauce.
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