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arrabiata sauce

Arrabiata Sauce

Tammy OverhoffTammy Overhoff
Flavorful and easy-to-make Arrabiata sauce or Sugo all'arrabiata uses only six simple ingredients and comes together in about 30 minutes for a quick delicious dinner. It's a spicy tomato sauce that's guaranteed to add a kick to all of your favorite Italian recipes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 86 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Deep skillet or pot


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes preferably San Marzano
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes add more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 6-8 leaves of fresh basil torn
  • salt and black ground pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a deep sauté pan, Dutch Oven or large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic to olive oil and cook until it's fragrant and golden. Pay attention at this time because you don't want the garlic to burn.
  • Carefully pour in the crushed tomatoes. It's helpful to hold the can as close to the pan as possible to prevent splashing as you pour the tomatoes into garlic and olive oil.
  • Stir in crushed red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce it to a simmer over medium heat, and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes. Stir the sauce consistently to prevent it from sticking and burning on the bottom. The sauce will turn a rich red color and thicken. 
  • Remove the sauce from heat and stir in the fresh basil. Season with salt and black pepper. Add more crushed red pepper flakes if you want to increase the heat.
  • Serve over pasta or use in your favorite Italian dishes.


Storage tips
To store: After the sauce cools, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat it on the stovetop.
To freeze: After the sauce cools, transfer to airtight containers and freeze for up to 6 months. It's helpful to freeze into portions making it easier to use later in recipes. You can use silicone freezer trays, freezer bags, or small containers to freeze into portions.


Serving: 1gCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 223IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.3mg
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