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Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce (over zoodles)


spicy arrabbiata sauce

Spicy arrabbiata sauce is an Italian pasta sauce that is typically made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers. The word “arrabbiata” literally means “angry” usually referring to the heat that this sauce packs. The spice from the red chili flakes mixed with the fresh herbs and tomatoes is what makes this sauce distinct. I have simplified this recipe to make it easy, quick, and loaded with flavor and nutrition. Although this sauce is traditionally served over penne pasta, I recommend serving it over zucchini noodles or “zoodles” for optimal nutrients!

fork with sauce and zoodles

Benefits of Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce

There is no telling that this sauce is known for its spice level and distinct flavor profile, but this sauce holds some potential health benefits as well. It is rich in antioxidants from the tomatoes, herbs, onions, and garlic. It also has the ability to possibly reduce inflammation in the body due to red chili peppers. Chili peppers hold a natural compound called capsaicin which has anti-inflammatory properties and is responsible for giving the peppers their notable heat. In some studies, capsaicin has also been found to increase the feeling of fullness and keep you satisfied for longer.

If you are interested in learning more fun facts about the benefits of capsaicin, check out this article!

spicy arrabbiata sauce

A few tips

  • If you do choose to pair the sauce with zoodles, I recommend eating them raw. Eating raw zucchini noodles is going to give the dish a refreshing crunch. It is also the best way to get all the nutrients from the zucchini.
  • Feel free to add any additional spices, herbs, or veggies of your choice.
  • To add even more heat add some extra red pepper flakes.
  • You can use crushed or whole tomatoes. If using whole tomatoes, you will need to break them up in the pan using a wooden spatula or spoon during the cooking process.
spicy arrabbiata sauce ingredients

How to make Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce (over zoodles)

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 3 chopped garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Next, add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions become translucent.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and oregano, and stir to combine.
  4. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it has thickened and reduced.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, spiralize 2-3 medium zucchinis (keep the skin on) using a spiral vegetable slicer.
  6. Lastly, stir in 1/4 cup of chopped basil to the sauce and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve over fresh zoodles and top with chopped parsley if desired.
  8. Enjoy!
Next, add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and oregano
Next, add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and oregano
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Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce (over zoodles)

This easy spicy arrabbiata sauce over zoodles is a light dish that packs some serious heat and combines perfectly with all the fresh herbs!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 117kcal

Equipment

  • Large sauce pan
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Vegetable Spiralizer if making zoodles

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2-3 medium zucchinis (if making zoodles) spiraled

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and oregano, and stir to combine.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it has thickened and reduced.
  • While the sauce is simmering, spiralize 2-3 medium zucchinis (keep the skin on) using a spiral vegetable slicer.
  • Lastly, stir in the chopped basil to the sauce and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  • Serve over fresh zoodles and top with chopped parsley if desired and enjoy!
  • Spicy arrabbiata sauce with zoodles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 546mg

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  1. Antoinette Avatar
    Antoinette

    Love Zoodles! Fantastic recipe and with sourdough even better!5 stars

    1. Thank you I completely agree! 🙂