Arrabiata Sauce

As Kelly mentioned in this post, she is a reality TV junkie. I also enjoy reality TV, but I am more into shows like House Hunters, Chopped, Hoarders, and Expedition Impossible. And of course, our fave, Jersey Shore. Kelly loves The Real Housewives of New Jersey, so she wanted to give this recipe from Teresa Giudice a try. It was surprisingly good. I am not so sure how this is supposed to make you skinny though? If I eat this everyday will I be skinny? Doubtful.

When Cliff and I were in Rome we had arrabiata sauce and Cliff LOVED it. For those of you who do not know what arrabiata sauce is, it is basically a spicy marinara. Arrabiata in Italian actually means angry. If you don’t like spicy food, you may be angry after eating this sauce. We followed Teresa’s recipe fairly closely. We added wine and carrots, and at the end I added a whole bunch more crushed red pepper. In the recipe below we only listed the amount she suggested, but if you like it spicy, double or triple the crushed red pepper. One thing I will say, this sauce is so good you will be angry when it is gone and you may even start flipping tables a la Teresa Giudice!

Here is what you'll need. This is for "quickie" sauce and arrabiata sauce

Start with the "quickie" sauce. Pour 1 can of tomato sauce in a sauce pan. Add the tomato paste. Bring to a boil.

Add basil and let simmer

In a pan, saute the onions, garlic and carrots with olive oil

Add the red pepper flakes

Add the "quickie" sauce and then the red wine

Add the ground pepper

Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the sauce

Add the parsley

Pour yourself a glass of red wine (or two) and enjoy!


  1. says

    Is that fresh basil I see in one of my favorite pasta sauces? Well I just happen to have a big bunch of it needing to be used – added to my list of things to make!

  2. Christy says

    I love your Blog! I love everything about it….especially how you take pictures of the ingredients….and the step-by-step…they make the dishes look so less complicated….keep it up…my Favorite Blog so far!!!!

    • says

      Thanks Christy! We know that many recipes can be daunting so we try to simplify things as much as possible!! If we can do it, anyone can!


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