Penne all’Arrabbiata {Spicy Penne Pasta}


Arrabbiata sauce is simply a spicy tomato sauce. You can pair it with just about any pasta you like. I happened to have Voiello’s le Penne Lisce in my pantry and so Penne all’Arrabbiata it was. Arrabbiata means angry/mad in Italian. With the sauce it refers to it’s spicy “hot” side.  

I jokingly refer to it as pissy pasta ; ) You can tailor the level of heat to your taste buds. I like things just slightly spicy so it gives a nice little punch of heat and then goes away. I’m generally not a fan of anything that is so spicy it’s going to set my mouth on fire, make me cry and drink 10 glasses of water in one sitting.

If you don’t happen to have a fresh chili pepper you can substitute chili pepper flakes or even a few tablespoons of chili infused olive oil would work as well {if you use the chili infused olive oil cut back on the amount of regular extra virgin olive you use}


Penne all’Arrabbiata {Spicy Penne Pasta}

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  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 small fresh chili pepper - seeded, minced
  • 14.5 ounces tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • flat leaf Italian parsley - roughly chopped


  1. Place a pot of generously salted water onto boil.
  2. Into a sauce pan add: olive oil, garlic and chili pepper. Cook over medium heat until garlic browns {do not burn}. Discard garlic. Add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. WHILE sauce is cooking, when water comes to a boil add penne and cook until al dente. Drain.
  5. Add drained pasta to sauce pan. Toss to combine. Remove from heat. Garnish with parsley.


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  1. 1

    Mmmm! I adore spicy food. I can’t wait to give this a try. Beautiful photos as always!

  2. 2

    I love that it means angry…pissy pasta is hilarious!

  3. 3

    Looks delicious! Once in a while I just need something nice and spicy and this looks great 😀

  4. 4

    Ooh, this looks so fresh and wonderful.

  5. 5

    Paula your photography is just beautiful!

    The dark wooden plank underneath the food is just gorg. I want it! 🙂

  6. 6

    I used to adore these Chicken Arrabbiata Paninis I used to get every lunchtime from a local cafe but then they sadly stopped selling them…long story short, i would DEFINITELY love this and its so easy sounding too that i really hope to give it a go 🙂 thank you for the lovely recipe and i will let you know how it turnsout if i do!

  7. 7

    This sounds so wonderful. Great pasta recipe!

  8. 8

    i love quick pasta dishes like this at this time of year. Looks delicious!

  9. 9

    I love your spicy sauce, so simple and flavorful 🙂

  10. 10

    My husband would love this sauce. Is it weird that I don’t like penne? I know it’s just a shape.. but I go for bowties every time. Love the sauce though!

  11. 11

    This looks like one spicy dish with that chili pepper.

  12. 12

    What I wouldn’t give for a big ol’ bowl of that right now! And I’m with you – I don’t need my mouth to burn off. Just a hint of spiciness is best!

  13. 13

    my friends ordered ‘angry’ pasta when we were at dinner the other night and raved about it. i sent them your recipe so they can make some of their own! 🙂

  14. 14

    Oh this is my kind of pasta Paula!! I love the spice and look at that fresh tomato sauce. Delicious!

  15. 15

    Yum! I love simple!!

  16. 16

    I love spicy food so this sauce is right up my alley – your tomato sauce looks gorgeous!

  17. 17

    Delicious! I love how you’ve add spicyness into this pasta recipe. I recently bought some organic pasta sauce, and it’s a little sweeter than I would like. Adding red pepper flakes surely would get it to taste to my liking 🙂

  18. 18

    Sounds fantastic! Simplicity can be so tasty! It’s just a matter of using good products.

  19. 19

    Simple yet so delicious!

  20. 20
    Katie /

    Found this on TasteSpotting. It was delicious and so easy. I will definitely make this again.

  21. 21

    Beautiful fresh bowl of summer that captures summer flavors perfectly, but of course is great year round.

  22. 22

    ciao bella!
    OMG! this dish look so good! a perfect comfort dinner!

  23. 23

    Nice, simple and delicious. I love a good spicy tomato sauce 🙂

  24. 24
    ALison /

    Yum…I had this tonight with cheese tortellini. I’m a garlic fiend so I minced it and left it in the sauce. AWESOME and SPICY and GARLICKY and YUM.

  25. 25

    Im a fan of pasta, and love it a little spicy. I’ll give it a try1!

  26. 26

    Just an advice from a fellow italian: real recipe don’t use parsley! Good job nontheless 🙂

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