Classic Penne all’Arrabbiata is an authentic quick, easy and very tasty pasta dish that is ready in about 15 minutes. If you like your pasta a little garlicky with a little kick, this dish is for you.

Classic penne all'arrabbiata is an authentic quick, easy and very tasty pasta dish that is ready in 15 minutes. If you like your pasta a little garlicky and a little spicy, this dish is for you.


This easy pasta dish originates from the Lazio region of Italy, its principal city being Rome. Arrabbiata, which is Italian for angry; which refers to the sauce being angry stemming  from the addition of a fresh chili.

Make the pasta as spicy as you like

Variations on the spiciness can also come from red pepper flakes. The amount of heat I add to this recipe (1 red chili) is about as spicy as I would like to go without losing the enjoyment of the dish.

An overshot of a bowl of pasta with the pan full of pasta, a fork, napkin and fresh basil

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A closeup showing the delicious tomato sauce and fresh basil

This Classic Penne all’Arrabbiata, which is usually shortened to just penne arrabbiata,  is perfect for entertaining. I also like to whip up a batch for a quiet night at home with a movie and glass of wine. This dish would work as a side dish to a chicken or fish dish and makes great leftovers.

However you serve it, don’t forget the crusty bread.


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Yield: 4

Classic Penne all'Arrabbiata

Classic Penne all'Arrabbiata

A quick and easy tomato sauce with garlicy, a little spicy with fresh basil tossed with penne.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 red chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil, roughly torn


  1. Bring a large pan of water to boil for pasta.
  2. While the water is coming up a boil, add the oil to a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and chili and cook for 2 minutes, do not brown the garlic. Add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the penne to the boiling water and cook the penne according to package directions, 9-10 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, use a slotted spoon and add the pasta (draining the water) right from the water to the sauce. Mix well, add the basil and mix. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Sodium: 608mgCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 16g
This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.