Penne Arrabbiata

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I love pasta (all kinds of it) but there is nothing so good as a good penne Arrabbiata. It is one of my favourite pasta recipes. A good penne Arrabbiata is hot (very hot in my case). The name actually explains why it’s eaten hot and spicy. In Italian, arrabbiata means ‘angry’, referring to the added chili peppers or chili flakes in it that gives its nice spicy taste. I prepared this dish yesterday to a friend of mine and she just loved it. Now it’s up to you…


  • 500g penne
  • 3 garlic cloves  (4 for garlic lovers)
  • 2 onions (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (or passata di pomodoro)
  • 2 teaspoons sambal (optional)
  • 1 chili pepper (or 2 teaspoons chili flakes)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese (or any other cheese)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in salted water, drain it and put it back in the same pot. Chop the onions, garlic cloves and chili pepper into small pieces. Take a saucepan and put olive oil in it, let it heat and add one by one your chopped vegetables (starting with the onions). Let them fry for a few minutes and add the tomato paste and sambal to it. Season with salt and pepper (and chili flakes) and mix. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir for a few seconds on high heat. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese (I forgot to take a picture with the cheese, but I’m sure you get the picture) on top and garnish with fresh basil.

Serve with salad!

Buon appetito! 😉


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