Etymology / History

Arrabiata means angry. The Italians have named this dish “angry” because it contains a lot of chili and after eating it people’s faceces become red – as they were actually angry.

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I have tried arrabiata when I lived in Italy. This particular receipe comes from Giallo Zaferano – in my opionion the best italian website about cooking. If somebody knows Italian I recommend you to search for traditional dishes over there. Here I am posting the translated versions. If you like spicy – I am sure you will love this dish!

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  • 250g penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extravirgin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 small chilis/half tsp chili powder
  • 300g tomatoes
  • 100g pecorino
  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • salt

How to prepare traditional Penne all’arrabiata?

1. Seed and peal tomatoes.

2. Chop them.

3. Heat up oil in frying pan. Add garlic (don’t chop!)

4. Add chilis and tomatos. Fry for about 5 min.

5. Cook pasta in a separate pot.

6. Add pasta and parsley to sauce. Mix well.

7. Serve with pecorino.


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