Pasta all'Arrabbiata

from the Chefs of Eataly

Mediterranean Farro Salad Polenta with Spicy Sausage Ragù
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Leave it to the fiery Romans to give us pasta all'arrabbiata. Cooked in a tomato-based sauce, this "angry" pasta is spiced with crushed red peppers. Our simple recipe will take you all of 30 minutes to prepare while delivering a complex depth of flavor. Whip this up for a workday dinner tonight; repeat tomorrow.


  • 5-6 basil leaves, shredded
  • ½ tsp. crushed red peppers, or more to taste
  • 1¼ cups Pecorino Romano, freshly grated
  • sea salt, to taste

How to prepare

  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the garlic over medium-high heat. When the garlic is aromatic, remove from the pan and discard. Add the tomato paste and the crushed red peppers and reduce the heat to low. Stir until fragrant, about 4 minutes, and stir in the tomatoes. Simmer the sauce over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it is slightly reduced, about 8 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt.
  2. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and season generously with salt. Add the pasta and cook two minutes less than the package instructions or just before al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving the cooking water. Drop the pasta in the sauce, tossing coat the pasta evenly with the sauce. Allow the pasta to cook in the sauce for 1 to 2 minutes. If needed, add a small amount of the cooking water to the pan to loosen up the pasta.
  3. When al dente, plate the pasta, and top with the freshly-grated cheese and shredded basil. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Eataly.