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!


Arrabiata Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course


Arrabiata Sauce

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 1/2 cup “The Quickie” Tomato Sauce (see below)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp  chopped parsley

Basic Tomato Sauce, AKA “The Quickie”

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


Arrabiata Sauce

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes. Stir in the tomato sauce(you can use any marinara sauce as the base), lemon juice, red wine and pepper.  Bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to low.  Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until lightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Add the fresh parsley just before serving. I think the longer you simmer the sauce the spicier it gets. For Teresa’s “Quickie” tomato sauce, see below.

Basic Tomato Sauce, AKA “The Quickie”

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the sauce and the tomato paste.  Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the basil. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Keyword Arrabiata, pasta, Sauce