Penne all’arrabbiata Recipe


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Those who know me, or for instance follow this blog, know that I’m a pasta person. That is a fact. I could eat pasta every day of my life. I like to think that I have an Italian guy living in my tummy. Or maybe in a past life I was an Italian girl. Truth to be told: I love pasta in every shape and color!

red pepper flakes to make spice arrabiata

With that said, today I’m going to share a recipe that is a staple in my kitchen: Penne all’arrabbiata, also known as penne arrabbiata, which literally means “angry penne” because this is a really spicy, hot dish.

Why buy Artisanal Pasta

Penne to make arrabbiata pasta also known as arrabiata pasta

The original recipe calls for penne, so I choose these Barilla® Collezione penne, among other things because they hold the sugo (sauce) so very well and have the quality of artisanal pasta.

penne pasta to make penne arrabiata

This Barilla® Collezione brand is a great way to elevate your pasta meal with an octet of artisan pasta shapes including bucatini, casarecce, orecchiette, rigatoni, spaghetti, two tortellini varieties, and of course: penne!

Penne all'arrabbiata recipe in the making

What does it make this collezione so special and a little bit more expensive? Well, Barilla® Collezione is made with non-GMO ingredients and it’s crafted using the classic, traditional Italian bronze plates that allow you to bring that homemade al dente texture to your pasta meals.

Arrabiata pasta

About the arrabbiata sauce recipe

Now, a few words about this tasty and spicy arrabbiata sauce. It brings memories of my hometown Caracas, in Venezuela. There, we used to have the best Italian food.

This was possible thanks to the huge Italian community founded by those hard-working immigrants who came to this side of the world running away from the horrors of World War II. They settled down there, prospered and showed us why Italian food is the best food in the world.

penne with spicy arrabiata, penne all'arrabbiata recipe

I had penne all’arrabbiata for the first time at Da Guido. This was a non-pretentious Italian restaurant in Caracas, where my love affair with Italian food started.

arrabiata pasta or arrabbiata pasta, the result of making penne all'arrabbiata recipe

The Penne all’arrabbiata recipe originated in Lazio, the central Italian region which capital is Rome. It seems like they didn’t use any cheese. But I cannot help and instead of the much more popular Parmiggiano, I added some Pecorino Romano, not only for the obvious reason but also because I love its sharp, tangy flavor.

How to Cook Perfect Penne all’arrabbiata

penne arrabbiata honors the arrabbiata meaning cause they are spicy

The arrabbiata sauce making is the easiest process ever. You sauté garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Then, infuse the oil with fresh parsley. This means you not only sprinkle fresh parley to the plated dish but add it to flavor to the sugo, too.

The rest is adding the tomato sauce and some of the water in which the pasta is cooked al dente. Finally, you add the cooked penne to the sauce, stir and serve with more parley… and grated pecorino cheese!

Penne all’arrabbiata Recipe

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Penne all'arrabbiata - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
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Penne all’arrabbiata

This delicious hot, spicy penne all’arrabbiata will allow you to have dinner ready in 15 minutes.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 178kcal


  • 1 box Barilla® Collezione Penne, cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup of the liquid in which the pasta was cooked
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • coarse sea salt
  • Pecorino Romano, grated


  • In a deep saucepan over over medium heat, heat the olive oil.
  • Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of parsley and stir.
  • Add the tomato sauce, season with salt, stir.
  • Add half a cup of the pasta liquid, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the pan and combine very well.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the parsley.
  • Serve hot with pecorino Romano cheese.


Nutrition Facts
Penne all'arrabbiata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 799mg35%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 993IU20%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian Cuisine
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Author: Enri


If the sauce turns too thick, you can add more of the liquid where the pasta was cooked.

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