Pasta with Arrabiata (Angry) Sauce

Main Courses

Courtesy of Michael Frei of Whole Foods Market


Pasta with Arrabiata (Angry) Sauce


For 4 Person(s)


  • 1 pounds package pasta
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) 365 organic extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 ounces good-quality pancetta (bacon may be substituted), diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoons red chili flakes.
  • 3/4 cups dry white wine
  • 1 28 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (dried may not be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, if desired

Pasta with Arrabiata (Angry) Sauce Directions

  1. Any good pasta will work with this sauce; pick your favorite and cook until al dente, toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil and reserve.
  2. In a two-quart sauce pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat until it shimmers and has the appearance of the texture of an orange peel.
  3. Add the pancetta. When it starts to crisp, tilt the pan so that all the fat moves into the corner of the pan. Add the garlic to the oil and stir while the oil is pooled together. Spread the oil and garlic back over the surface of the pan, stirring frequently. When the garlic starts to turn golden brown, add the chili flakes. Count to 20 and add the white wine, turn the heat to high and reduce to au sec (almost dry).
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the tomatoes, sauce and oregano and continue to stir and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper. At this point the sauce may be cooled, uncovered, in the refrigerator. Then it can be covered and reserved for later use in the week.
  5. When you are ready to eat, get a large sauté pan and heat to low and add as much pasta as you wish for yourself and your dining partner. Add just enough sauce to coat the pasta, approximately 1 cup for two people. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the sauce and pasta are piping hot. Plate in pasta bowls and garnish with the cheese, if desired.