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Arrabiata sauce in a stock pot.

Arrabiata Sauce

Teri & Jenny
A simple and delicious recipe for Arrabiata Sauce. Our spicy tomato sauce is packed with tons of flavor from sweet San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and herbs.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 140 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes
  • 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place a pot over medium heat and add oil. Add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes or until onions start to get translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and continue to sauté, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes, while stirring, until paste turns a deep red color.
  • Add whole tomatoes and break each tomato apart with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Lower heat to medium-low, stir in crushed tomato and simmer for about 25 minutes.
  • Stir in basil and oregano and continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce comes together and thickens.
  • Remove from heat and cool.


Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

One of my favorite things about this sauce is that it freezes and thaws VERY well! You just need to make sure to store it properly and you can have loads of arrabiata sauce ready to thaw and heat up in no time!

Make Ahead

Our sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead of time. Once sauce has cooled down, transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. To reheat, transfer sauce to a pot and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.


Our sauce can be frozen for up to 6 months. Once sauce has cooled down transfer to an airtight freezer container and store in the freezer until ready to use. Try finding a container that fits the sauce well with minimal space left to help avoid freezer burn from excess air in the storage container. It's also important to note that the sauce should not be stored (for the freezer) in a glass jar or container. Once frozen the sauce will expand and can shatter the glass.
To thaw and reheat, transfer container of sauce to refrigerator and thaw overnight. Then transfer thawed sauce (it's okay if it's still a little frozen), to a pot and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many things to serve with our arrabiata sauce such as pasta, meatballs (or meatball sub!), in a casserole, in shakshuka. It would also make a great dipping sauce for things like garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, polenta fries, and baked asparagus fries. The possibilities are endless!


Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 387mgPotassium: 697mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 902IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 4mg
Keyword spicy tomato sauce
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