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Bowl of Penne Arrabbiata with Lentil Meatballs and Drinking Glass in the Background
Penne Arrabbiata
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This penne arrabbiata is all about the heat! Pasta is tossed in a light tomato basil sauce that packs some serious kick to make this fiery Italian-inspired meal.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 333 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 8 ounces dried penne pasta (gluten-free if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus a dash, divided
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1-3 teaspoons red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated organic sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  2. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.

  3. Drain the pasta into a colander. Return it to the pot and toss with a dash of olive oil.

  4. While the pasta cooks, coat the bottom of a large pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place it over medium heat.

  5. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, until very fragrant.

  6. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, red pepper flakes and sugar.

  7. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.

  8. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  9. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the basil, salt and pepper. Season with additional red pepper flakes if you like.

  10. Either pour the sauce over the pasta and toss, or divide the pasta onto plates and then top with sauce. Sprinkle with additional fresh basil if you like. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Penne Arrabbiata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.9g14%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Sodium 749mg31%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 54.9g18%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 9.9g11%
Protein 11g22%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.