Servings: 2 serves

Penne all’ Arrabbiata

A simple, tasty and quick recipe for pasta all‘ arrabbiata. This juicy-spicy Italian tomato sauce can be prepared hot or mild. It goes well with pasta, gnocchi, rice or potatoes, and is also great as a base for a casserole, risotto and more.
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Course: Basics, Lunch & Dinner, Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Bianca Zapatka


  • 200 g penne pasta

for the sauce:

  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 small chili peppers
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes*
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Italian herbs*
  • salt
  • pepper
  • a bit of sugar


  • cherry tomatoes
  • pine nuts
  • tomato flakes (optional)
  • nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan (optional)


  • Cook penne pasta in salted water according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • In the meantime, peel and dice the onion. Peel garlic and finely chop. Finely chop the chili pepper as well.
  • Heat the oil in the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then reduce the heat. Add tomato paste and tomatoes and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Season with Italian herbs, salt, pepper and a bit of sugar to taste.
  • Then drain the pasta and combine with the sauce.
  • Halve cherry tomatoes and add.
  • Roast pine nuts in a pan without oil until golden-brown.
  • Serve your penne in pasta bowls or plates and sprinkle with roasted pine nuts, tomato flakes, nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan as desired.
  • Enjoy your meal!


  • Instead of chopped tomatoes, you can also use tomato passata or 500 g of fresh chopped tomatoes.
  • My favorite seasoning is the Justspices arrabbiata spice, but you can also use other Italian herbs.
  • You can prepare this dish in a versatile way. Even vegetables, such as zucchini, olives, etc. are a delicious and healthy addition.
  • The sauce also goes well with other side dishes, such as gnocchi, rice, potatoes or as a base for a casserole or risotto.
  • If you prefer a creamy sauce, you can add some coconut milk (or other plant-based milk / cream) at the end.
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