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Penne Arrabbiata Recipe
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Spicy Penne Arrabbiata Recipe

This penne arrabbiata recipe brings the classic Italian dish to a whole new level with lots of chili flakes and extra spicy peppers. If you like your pasta spicy, this is for you!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pasta, recipe, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 611kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 spicy pepper of your choice chopped (I used a ghost pepper, but use your preferred level, such as a jalapeno, serrano, or habanero pepper)
  • 2 red Fresno peppers chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp spicy red pepper flakes plus more for serving (for an even spicier version, use fiery ghost pepper flakes)
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (for a saucier version, use 2-3 cans, or add tomato sauce)
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz hot soppressata chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb pasta noodles I used penne
  • Fresh chopped basil for serving


  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the onion and peppers. Cook them down for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the garlic and pepper flakes; stir to coat. Cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the diced tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot soppressata. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • While the sauce is cooking, prepare your noodles according to the packaging instructions. Drain, but reserve about a cup (240 mof the pasta water. Stir a half cup (120 mof the pasta water into the sauce to loosen it up. Stir in more pasta water, if needed.
  • Stir in the noodles, then garnish with fresh chopped basil and extra crushed red pepper. Drizzle with extra olive oil and serve.


HOT TIP: This isn’t an overly saucy recipe. If you’d like a saucier version, stir in another can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce.
TWEAK THE HEAT: This recipe brings some serious heat. If you haven’t cooked with ghost peppers, prepare yourself. For a milder version, you can easily swap out ghost peppers for other peppers. Habaneros will bring a very nice level of heat. You can usually find ghost pepper flakes online, though I like to grown my own and dehydrate them at home.


Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg