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Zesty Arrabbiata Sauce over Rigatoni

Prep Time:10 min
Cook Time:20 min
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Crisco┬« Pure Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoons minced fresh flat leaf parsley (optional)
  • 8 ounces cooked rigatoni or whole wheat fettuccine
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese (optional)


  1. 1.
    COOK onions in oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

  2. 2.
    STIR in crushed tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. 3.
    COOK pasta in salted water according to package directions; drain. Stir basil and parsley into prepared sauce. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

  4. TIP
    Zesty Arrabbiata Sauce with Veal or Sausage: Add 1/2 pound lean ground veal or Italian sausage with the onions. Proceed with recipe as written.


Serving Size (1/4 of recipe), Calories 210 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 260mg, Total Carbohydrate 34g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 1g), Protein 7g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 8%, Iron 20%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Zesty Arrabbiata Sauce over Rigatoni 4.9 5 7 7
Better than A Resaurant Has more flavorful ingredients than many restaurant offerings! This one is a nice spicy keeper. March 6, 2013
Spicy This sauce is very spicy and tastes very good. I added a lot of mozzarella cheese too, it is a delicious meal. February 24, 2013
delicious and satisfying a pretty dish for company, nutritious and delicious February 22, 2013
Delicious and easy recipe. Very authentic Italian dish. Adjust the heat to your liking. I like a little spicy and my wife loves very spicy. Great anytime especially the winter months. February 18, 2013
Favorite This is my favorite pasta sauce. i love the spiciness. Plus it is so easy to make. No fail. February 12, 2013
good easy to prepare, it is something I would fix with my daughter January 31, 2013
Awesome Pasta Sauce I used this recipe last week when we were out of spaghetti sauce and the store was closed. It is so good and we might not ever buy jarred sauce again. January 31, 2013
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Zesty Arrabbiata Sauce over Rigatoni

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