September 19, 2015

How to make Homemade Arrabbiata Sauce | Easy Homemade Arrabbiata Sauce

In the last of the series under the Condiments theme for this Mega BM, today's post is an easy and lipsmacking condiment - Arrabiata Sauce (chunky version) - that can be made ahead and refrigerated and used whenever the mood for pasta strikes. I used to make this often and also use the store bought sauce, but I think after this post, I am not going back to those preservatives laden sauce again. I used it for my Penne Pasta + Focaccia combo dish and it was mindblowing..

This version is slightly chunky for thats how we like it back home. But if need be, you can also puree this and use it as a base for pizza too. So, lets check out how to make this. I used it to make Penne Pasta with Onion Olive Focaccia at home

Quick Trivia : Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all'arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. "Arrabbiata" literally means "angry" in Italian; the name of the sauce may well be due to the heat of the chili pepper and one's reaction to it. (Source : Wiki)

Prep time : 15 min, Cook time : 15 mins, Keeps for 4-6 days under refrigeration. 
Cuisine - Italian,  Spice - Moderate to high, Makes : approx 150 grams

Adapted from this recipe - made some changes and it turned out great... 

You would need:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 T italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced (optional)
  • Onion powder - 1/2 tbsp (optional but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
  • sugar - 1/2 tsp (opt.)

  1. Blanch the tomatoes in hot water for 3 mins, cool immediately in a bowl of ice water. Chop into chunks (deseed if required) and keep aside
  2. In a pan, heat olive oil. saute garlic and onions till onions turn translucent.
  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 5-6 mins till they cook and turn saucy.
  4. Now add paprika,salt,onion powder,Italian seasoning - one by one and let it turn glossy and thick. Finish with basil leaves and crushed black pepper if using.Check for seasoning and add 1/2 tsp sugar to balance out (optional)
  5. Cool and refrigerate for 4-5 days. If you want it smooth, peel after blanching and puree with a hand blender and use.

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  1. I love home made arrabiata .Yours looks delicious .

  2. The sauce is chunky but has an amazing color and texture..would love to try it.

  3. Chunky arrabbiata sauce makes me hungry, my kids will go crazy if they see this sauce.

  4. Love color of the sauce. I don't mind chunky sauce in my pasta. Pasta picture is tempting and inviting.

  5. Looks so delish and inviting..I loved it when I had made a pasta with this..

  6. I want to try this for long time.Good one.Will try your version.

  7. Mmmmm! This is beautiful sauce. At home these days arrabbiata is made by the girls but for a change I think I will make it and soon. Kal I am bookmarking this one.

  8. Kalyani, i m just up from bed and looking at these condiments, making me so hungry, and particularly this last pic of penne with the sauce, oh god, i need to get something big for breakfast!!!! :)

  9. Arrabibiata with pasta sounds and looks yum. Of course it would have tasted yum too

  10. My older one is eyeing this one :)

  11. Arrabiata has been on my to-make list for a very very long time. Will have to try out some time soon.

  12. Usually I end up using store bought ones, thanks to my husband. :)
    Your version sounds flavorful and homemade one must be better.

  13. even i like it chunky, this is the best sauce for my liking in italy...urs has got a nice color

  14. a great classic sauce for any pasta


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