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Italian Arrabbiata Sauce

This rich and hearty Arrabbiata sauce will add the perfect amount of dimension and spice to your favorite Italian recipes. It consists of simple, quality ingredients, simmered for several hours to perfection, and is absolutely delicious! 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword arrabbiata sauce, homemade tomato sauce, how to make arrabbiata sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 77 kcal
Author A Simple Palate


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 28 oz. San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to desired level of spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (each) salt & black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (for dried basil, 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. In a pot on low heat, saute minced garlic in olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful no to burn garlic. 

  2. Then add tomatoes, tomato pasta, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir and let simmer on low for 3 or more hours - stir every so often. 

  3. When sauce is finished and reduced, add basil and oregano. Adjust herbs, spice, and salt to desired taste. Serve and enjoy! 

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Nutrition Facts
Italian Arrabbiata Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.2g 8%
Total Carbohydrates 7.8g 3%
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 1.8g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.