How do you make Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce?

It's the first dish that comes to mind when you think about enjoying a plate of spaghetti with friends, perfect for those who love spicy foods or those who want to add a tasty boost to everyday dishes...

Arrabbiata tomato sauce: easy and fast to make and very tasty. Its bold note given by the chili pepper makes this sauce ideal for any occasion. Whether it's lunch at home, an impromptu spaghetti dinner with friends, or simply a meal to bring to work, the deliciousness of this sauce will never disappoint.

Today we're going to share our secrets for making the perfect arrabbiata tomato sauce. In addition, we'll give you some tips on how to use this sauce for less classic recipes than our beloved spaghetti.

The traditional recipe

First and foremost, wash the chili pepper and then open it and remove all the seeds inside. After chopping it into small pieces, pour a drizzle of our Pure Olive Oil in a frying pan. Add a clove of garlic and the chili pepper. Sauté these ingredients for about a minute, being careful to continuously stir and not let the garlic burn. Once the garlic and pepper are soft, add some tomato sauce and a little bit of water if you need to thin the sauce. At this stage, remember to add a pinch of salt and don't forget to stir the sauce often while it's cooking. Cover the sauce with a lid and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. Now it's ready to be added to some pasta.

As you know, we love tradition, but we don't shy away from putting a personal touch on classic recipes either. In fact, it's no coincidence that we decided to revisit the typical recipe of Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce to transform it into a unique delicacy: the scent of anchovy paste blends perfectly with the spicy, but gentle, flavor of our red chili peppers. This is the secret of our Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce, irresistible and above all ready-made.

Having a ready-made sauce in the pantry is ideal for those days when you’re in a hurry and don't have time to cook, or simply for all those times when you just want someone else to make dinner for you... Our ready-made Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce will do the trick! Heat it up and add it to pasta cooked al dente to satisfy your craving for a good meal at home, in no time and effortlessly.

Why are chili peppers spicy?

Did you know that arrabbiata sauce got its name because, being spicy, those who eat it end up with a red face like when they are angry? (‘arrabbiata’ means angry in Italian) In fact, in Rome (the hometown of this sauce) any food cooked in a pan with oil, garlic and chili pepper is indeed called arrabbiato (take broccoli arrabbiati for example).

How are chili peppers spicy? Capsaicin is the substance responsible for its spicy flavor, an organic compound present in both the flesh and in the seeds which gives chili peppers their unique characteristic. Moreover, every type of chili pepper is different from the others. In fact, according to the quantity and variety used there can be a different intensity of the spiciness.

Even infinitesimal doses of capsaicin cause the typical burning sensation perceived when products containing chili pepper are tasted. This "stress" causes a rapid release of adrenaline, which gives the body a burst of energy.

How to reuse Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce

Massimo Montanari, considered one of the greatest international food historians, says: "Sauces, salsas, are added - better yet: they are combined - to the main ingredient (pasta or meat, rice or fish) but they are not ‘accessories’ nor secondary: on the contrary, they have a decisive importance in defining the specific character of the dish."

That's why we want to give you some advice on how to enhance your recipes using Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce, to give your dishes an extra boost.

Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce can completely revolutionize some classic recipes. Add it as a spicy note to a sandwich to bring to the office or school, but also use it on bruschetta or pizza for a lively dinner party.

You can use it to make a seafood dish that’s simple, but really tasty: Cod with Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce. First, slice the cod fillets into bite-sized pieces and sear them in a non-stick pan with a drizzle of Pure Olive Oil. Add our Sauce, a handful of our Pitted Olives and salt to taste, cover the pan and cook for at least 20 minutes over low heat. Serve piping hot with slices of bread and add a drizzle of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fruttato raw: you’ll see how the richly flavored sauce perfectly pairs with the tender and succulent fish!

Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce can also be combined with a traditional Italian “poor” food: polenta. For a lunch that's a little out of the ordinary, you can serve fried Polenta sticks with Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce. You can use up leftover polenta for this recipe.

Cut the cold polenta into sticks about 2 inches thick, like when you cut potatoes for frying. Heat some Pure Olive Oil in a frying pan. Once it's hot, fry the polenta sticks. Once ready, place them on paper towels to drain. Meanwhile, heat the Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce in a saucepan.

Serve the fried polenta accompanied by a small bowl of piping hot Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce, as you would chips and salsa.

The versatility of Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce allows you to indulge as much as you like in the kitchen, adding a lively, spicy touch to your favorite dishes. Whether it's a first or second course, an appetizer or a simple snack, our Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce will always give you that simple, sophisticated taste you're looking for.