Penne all'Arrabbiata
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Penne all'Arrabbiata

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Serves 3

Angry penne - the spicy favourite of the Italian cuisine.

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  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 dried chilli peppers
  • 400g tin of cherry tomatoes in sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • handful of fresh basil
  • handful of grated parmesan cheese
  • pinch of salt and black pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 300g penne or other short pasta


    1. Heat 2 or 3 tbsp of olive oil in a tall pan, add the dried oregano and thyme, chopped garlic and crushed chilli peppers. Fry for few minutes. Don't let the garlic turn brown.
    2. Add the tin of cherry tomatoes into the pan. Simmer uncovered for about 8 minutes and let the excess water evaporate.
    3. Reduce the heat, cook for another few minutes, stirring occasionally and crushing the tomatoes into the sauce.
    4. Add pinch of salt and black pepper to taste. Add both dried and fresh basil; 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar. Stir.
    5. In the meantime, cook the penne according to the packet instructions.
    6. Mix the pasta with sauce and garnish with fresh basil leaves and handful of grated parmesan cheese.

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Comments (10)

donnab1981's picture

Virtually inedible. 2tbsp balsamic vinegar is way too much. Maybe this should be 2tsp?

donnab1981's picture

Way way too much vinegar. Suggest halving the amount in the recipe.

trudemertenslaan's picture

The family all enjoyed this recipe. We doubled the amount of tomatoes to make more sauce. It has been added to my daughters list of things to cook at uni. Thank you!

Ellli's picture

Great recipe , it has just the right balance of ingredients. I used fresh herbs as I preffer them, fresh tomatoes and i added capers at the end which made it richer. For a meaty version choritzo works very well

The Sultana's picture

Tried this recipe for a change to my normal one and loved it. I used 2 tsp chilli flakes instead of the dried. Will certainly use it again.

icclebabes's picture

The correct level of heat, I used passata instead as it's all I had and still worked out well, I also added some cooked bacon too

joannehanbidge's picture

My family love this receipe - great find

joannehanbidge's picture

My family love this receipe - great find

joannehanbidge's picture

My family love this receipe - gread find

fayereed's picture

This is delicious, better than any restaurant arrabbiata. I make this every week.

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