Penne Arrabbiata

How to Make Penne Arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata Recipe is a mix of very few ingredients which combine together to make one dish that will surely heat things up in the kitchen! The translation of “Arrabiata” is angry, but there’s nothing that will upset you about this meal. Spice things up for someone you love and make a memorable dish with minimal effort.

How to Make Penne Arrabbiata | Arrabiata Sauce

Penne Arrabbiata

Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Penne Arrabbiata

Use quality ingredients

Opt for ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic, and good-quality olive oil for the best flavor.

Spiciness control

Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to your heat preference, but be cautious not to overpower the dish.

Cook pasta al dente

Boil penne until it is firm to the bite, as it will continue cooking when combined with the sauce.

Penne Arrabbiata

Vincenzo's Plate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 500 grams DeCecco Penne
  • 800 grams Mutti Peeled Tomatoes 2cans
  • 1 Garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 Good size mild/hot chillies sliced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO
  • Table salt
  • Sea salt
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • 2 pinches Dried mixed herbs
  • Grated parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano


  • Bring 5L of water to boil on a high heat.
  • Add 4 tblsp of XVOO to a large saucepan, once it starts to heat up throw in the garlic & chillies.
  • Sautee on a medium heat until the garlic starts to become golden.
  • Open the cans of peeled tomatoes and pour them into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt & dried herbs.
  • Squash down the tomatoes with a fork & mix together well.
  • Chop up a generous amount of parsley.
  • Add the tomato mix & parsley to the saucepan, & stir well. Leave this to cook on a medium heat for about 10/15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  • Once the water has boiled, add 2 spoons of sea salt, mix around & add the DeCecco Penne. (If you follow the packet cooking time of 12 minutes, they will be perfect).
  • After 12 minutes, strain the pasta, keeping a little bit of the water inside them and add this to the sauce.
  • Let this simmer for 10 seconds then stir well using a wooden spoon until the penne are smothered with delicious splashes of the sauce.
  • Serve on a flat, white plate and sprinkle fresh Parmesan or Pecorino Romano over the top.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword Easy, Few Ingredients
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How to Serve Penne Arrabbiata

To serve Penne Arrabiata, cook the penne pasta until al dente, then drain. Sauté garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add tomato sauce and let it simmer. Season to taste and adjust the heat. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and garnish as desired. Enjoy the fiery and flavorful dish!

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