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Fra Diavolo Sauce Recipe
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Fra Diavolo Sauce Recipe

This fra diavolo sauce recipe is an Italian classic sauce made with juicy tomatoes and fiery chili flakes, perfect for seafood and pasta. So easy to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chili flakes, sauce, spicy, tomato sauce, tomatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 111kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 spicy red pepper chopped (optional, for extra spicy)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes or use diced, or fire roasted
  • 2 teaspoons spicy red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 6-7 fresh basil leaves chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper. Cook them down for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes with their juices, red chili flakes, white wine, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes (or longer) to let the flavor develop.
  • Stir in the parsley and basil leaves. Taste and adjust for salt.
  • Serve with pasta or seafood, like Shrimp Fra Diavolo.


Heat Factor: Medium. You can really spice this up with lots of spicy chili flakes and your choice of hot pepper. For a milder version, skip the fresh pepper and use only 1 teaspoon chili flakes.


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg