Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce

Homemade Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce is a great make ahead pasta sauce!

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Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce

Pasta is everyone’s favorite quick meal. I know we all have those days when we simply don’t know what to cook for dinner and that’s when pasta comes to the rescue. Boil some pasta and toss it up in your favorite sauce and dinner is ready in like 30 minutes or even less. The process obviously becomes quicker if you already have pasta sauce ready to go into the dish. Which brings me to this question – which is your favorite pasta sauce? My absolute favorite is pesto and my other favorite is this chunky arrabbiata sauce.

Arrabbiata Sauce

Arrabbiata sauce is a popular spicy Italian pasta sauce. Now, I am neither an Italian nor I have any expertise in this so I cannot claim this to be authentic. I have made it the way I like it and so I can definitely claim it to be delicious 😉 If you do not like chunky pasta sauce, you can use crushed tomatoes in place. I really love the texture of this chunky arrabbiata sauce in my pasta. And if you also like your pasta sauce on the chunkier side, then you will love this.

Arrabbiata is a spicy sauce and it is for this reason that I like using canned fire roasted tomatoes in this recipe. I love the one from Trader Joe’s but you can use any brand that you prefer. Make this chunky arrabbiata sauce over the weekend or whenever you have some extra time and then simply toss it over your favorite pasta on days when you are short of time to make

Chunky Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

* Adjust spice level to taste. Add more chili flakes for a spicier sauce. This wasn’t super spicy as I do not relish very spicy food.

* Let the chunk arrabbiata sauce cool down and then transfer it to a jar, close and store in the referigerator until ready to use.

* Using red bell pepper is optional but I highly recommend it. Adds a lot of flavor.

Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce

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Servings: 1 cups
Homemade Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce is a great make ahead pasta sauce!


  • 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes diced
  • 1.5 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves (big), minced
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • ¼ red pepper large
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
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  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the chopped onion and red bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add minced garlic and dried oregano and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Now add the canned tomato, tomato sauce, sugar, white pepper powder, salt & ground black pepper. Also add red chili flakes.
  • Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Add water , check seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add in the fresh basil, cook for a minute and remove form heat.
  • Let the sauce cool down and then store in a airtight jar and keep refrigerated until ready to use.


Calories: 270kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 766mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 2925IU, Vitamin C: 51.8mg, Calcium: 150mg, Iron: 2.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This pasta sauce looks so flavorful, Manali! My mouth is salivating… Wonderful combination of ingredients! I must try this next time I am making homemade pasta sauce!

  2. Great recipe, I love arrabiata, but the chunky version must be out of this world! Gorgeous clicks too 😉

  3. This Arrabbiata sauce is looking delicious! Manali! Thanks for sharing the recipe.:)

  4. I love a good, homemade tomato sauce, and this sounds perfect with the fire roasted tomatoes and all that spice!

  5. Me too big arbiaata sauce fan, Manali! I always keep some ready for quick meals. Your’s look absolutely delicious!

  6. I’ve never even heard of arrabbiata sauce, but it looks pretty fantastic! Can’t wait to try this one!

  7. This looks so flavorful, Manali! I love that it uses canned tomatoes. One step I don’t have to work harder on!

  8. I love pesto too, Manali! I’m not sure I could choose between pesto and marinara, but this arrabbiata looks like a competitor. I bet your arrabbiata would be amazing on pizza too!

  9. Manali, a good chunky arrabbiata sauce is a must!!! and I love it chunky!! love this! looks delicious!

  10. Ooooooh – I love a spicy sauca! (In my best Italian accent ;)) This looks perfect, Manali! I would happily eat that sauce by the spoonful without the pasta!

  11. Arrabbiata is my favourite kind of sauce! I love that this is chunky too – it creates such a great texture. This looks like the perfect pairing for my pasta tonight! Thank you so much for sharing another delicious recipe!

  12. Your arrabbiata sauce looks perfect, Manali! It’s one of our favorites since we are huge spice lovers but I also adore pesto too! Love how chunky and flavorful this is! Pinning!

  13. Wow! I love arrabbiata sauce, but I’ve never thought about making it at home. I discovered this stuff on a trip to Italy years ago, and I think I ordered it at nearly every meal. It’s totally delicious…and yours looks awesome. I’m digging the chunky version!

  14. Yes! Arrabbiata is one of my all time favorite pasta sauces! i can’t ever go to an italian restaurant without ordering it. I love how chunky you made yours. Definitely trying this one out 🙂

  15. Love arrabbiata sauce – it’s definitely my favourite pasta sauce. Love the spicy kick!

  16. Off lately I have developed a palate for pasta. Always bought a store bought pasta sauce but these pictures have tempted me to make one at home..

    Great shots and perfect recipe.. 🙂

  17. What a beautiful pasta sauce, Manali! I love how thick and spicy it is. Looks perfect to spread over just about everything!

  18. I’m a huge fan of homemade pasta sauce. This one looks fantastic Manali! Pinning and I’ll make it for sure.