Pasta Arrabbiata (Angry Pasta) Recipe
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Pasta Arrabbiata (Angry Pasta) Recipe

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I learned how to make this while I was in Italy one summer. You can add more or less crushed red can decide how "angry" you would like your pasta.—Stacie Gomm, Providence, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) tomato puree
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup pasta with 3/4 cup sauce (calculated without cheese): 460 calories, 28g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 925mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; discard drippings.
  2. In the same skillet, saute garlic in olive oil for 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, basil, pepper flakes and bacon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve with sauce; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pasta Arrabbiata (Angry Pasta) in Easy Italian Cookbook 2013 2013, p61

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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simen User ID: 8293493 261438
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017 Edited Feb. 22, 2017

"I followed this recipe exactly. Did not overcook the garlic. All ingredients were freshly bought. But the sauce is very bitter. Can I do anything to fix it?....It's now 4 days later and no response. I will now have to throw out the whole batch. What a piece of crap recipe!"

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