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What Is Arrabbiata Sauce, and How Is It Used?

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What Is Arrabbiata Sauce, and How Is It Used?

Are you ready to explore new flavors in the kitchen?

When making Italian food, you might think there are only a few variations of dishes you can make with noodles, sauce, meat, and cheese. But authentic Arrabbiata sauce changes everything.

Arrabbiata sauce is a well-loved red sauce that can create excitement within many Italian dishes. It's a classic tomato-based sauce best known as a pair for penne pasta. You can add luxury Arrabbiata to many more recipes for a twist on your favorite dishes.

Let's explore what makes this sauce unique and how to use it in your kitchen.

What's in Arrabbiata Sauce?

Arrabbiata sauce, AKA sugo all’arrabbiata, is a traditional sauce made from San Marzano tomato paste, garlic, and dried red chili peppers, all cooked to perfection in extra virgin olive oil.

Arrabbiata means "angry" when translated. The reason it earned this name is that the word arrabbiato often referred to a cook who used oil, garlic, and red chili flakes to excess in Rome. In this case, the word refers to the spicy character of the sauce.

Where Does Arrabbiata Sauce Come From?

This sauce comes from Rome, Italy, inside a region known as the Lazio region. This sauce has been impressing people's taste buds since the 1950s when hotter foods began making an impression in Roman recipes.

What's the Difference Between Arrabbiata Sauce and Pomodoro?

Pomodoro and Arrabbiata sauce are both tomato sauces used in Italian recipes. But what's the distinguishing factor between them?

Pomodoro has a milder flavor since it is a more traditional tomato sauce. It contains crushed tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil leaves. People pick Arrabbiata sauce when they want something with more of a kick.

What's the Difference Between Arrabbiata and Marinara Sauce?

Both Arrabbiata and Marinara sauce are recipes that often call for canned tomatoes, a few cloves of garlic, and herbs and spices like oregano, black pepper, and yellow onion powder. However, they're not identical.

For example, when you prepare spaghetti with marinara sauce on top, you'll probably notice that there's a sweetness to every bite. On the contrary, Arrabbiata sauce contains crushed red pepper flakes for a spiciness that contrasts marinara sauce.

Where Can I Get the Best Arrabbiata Sauce?

There's no need to scramble to create the perfect Arrabbiata sauce recipe. At TRUFF, we've put together a Black Truffle Arrabbiata Sauce you'd be proud to put on any pasta dish. Our luxury Arrabbiata sauce includes delicate black truffles for an elevated home dining experience.

9 Foods To Pair With Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce 

Are you ready to discover Italian food in a new way? Let's explore nine foods you can make with mouth-watering Arrabbiata sauce.

1. Chicken Marinara

Do you enjoy classic chicken marinara when you indulge in Italian cuisine? Although this dish typically features marinara sauce (as the name suggests), you can substitute Arrabiata sauce for a new kick of flavor and spice.

2. Penne Noodles

One of the most traditional ways to enjoy Arrabbiata is with al dente penne pasta. Let your senses run wild with this sophisticated Italian dish, which is quick and easy to make. If you're feeling extra adventurous, why not add traditional pecorino romano and grated parmesan to complete the dish?

3. Mozzarella Sticks

If you're planning to have loved ones over to enjoy dinner served at your house, you may consider preparing a tasty appetizer while conversation ensues. Why not serve mozzarella sticks for your hungry guests if your dining is casual?

Typically, mozzarella sticks are served with semi-sweet marinara dipping sauce. But swapping the marinara for Arrabbiata served at medium heat is a terrific idea. Your guests will love every spicy, flavorful bite.

4. Spicy Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a favorite for many Italian lovers. This classic dish often features marinara spaghetti sauce with meatballs or meat sauce to give it a savory flavor.

You can make eating spaghetti and meatballs an entirely new experience by adding Arrabbiata sauce to your recipe. Don't forget the breadsticks on the side.

5. Pizza

Who doesn't love a fresh, oven-baked pizza? Although pizza has a reputation as a predictable food, you can mix it up. When preparing pizza at home, try adding Arrabbiata sauce in place of typical red sauce. The heat from the Arrabbiata will make every bite more interesting and flavorful than the last.

6. Baked Spaghetti

If you're already a fan of spaghetti, baked spaghetti takes the experience to an entirely new level. This dish tends to include creamy cheese on top of spaghetti and marinara sauce baked in cookware to achieve a light, crisp texture. Sub in Arrabbiata for a hint of heat.

7. Lasagna

If you're a fan of oven-baked Italian dishes, you're probably no stranger to lasagna. This multi-layered dish is a paradise for those who love the combination of meat, sauce, pasta, and melty cheese.

Switch the typical tomato sauce in this dish for Arrabbiata for a brand new take on a famous dish. Then, dig into your cheesy, spicy plat du jour.

8. Rigatoni

This pasta dish includes fun tubed pasta, usually with the addition of meat, tomato sauce, and heavy cream. While this dish is already delicious, you can improve it even more by adding high-quality truffle-infused Arrabbiata to the recipe. Enjoy every bite, and prepare to want seconds.

9. Shells and Cheese

You might think macaroni and cheese is primarily a kids' meal, but there's no age limit on the delectability. If you want to make your shells and cheese more grown up, you can do so by adding a spicy kick with Arrabbiata spicy tomato sauce. Mix your typical cheese with the Arrabbiata for a spicy, creamy blend that makes every bite delicious.

TRUFF Ravioli Casserole Recipe

Want to put your home cooking skills to the test? We've prepared a beautiful Italian recipe that includes mouth-watering Arrabbiata. With extra ingredients like olive oil, minced garlic cloves, diced onion, basil, and Italian herb seasoning, you can whip up a savory, filling TRUFF ravioli casserole.

More TRUFF Pasta Sauces

Want to add even more luxury to your kitchen? If you regularly prepare Italian food, you can explore more TRUFF truffle hot sauces and pasta sauces to include in your recipes.

TRUFF Black Truffle Pomodoro

Our TRUFF Black Truffle Pomodoro sauce highlights the excellent flavors of ripe whole tomatoes, black winter truffles, red chili peppers, and delicate herbs. It's less spicy than our Arrabbiata sauce, making it a favorite for those who enjoy luxurious truffle pasta sauce without the kick. Use it as your new go-to for Italian cooking.

TRUFF Pasta Combo Pack

If you're looking to stock up on delicious pasta sauces for your kitchen, we've got what you need. Our TRUFF Black Truffle Pasta Sauce Combo Pack lets you explore all the rich flavors of our Arrabbiata and our Pomodoro sauces. You can experiment with both to create your favorite new staple recipes.

TRUFF Subscriptions Make Excellent Gifts

Let's say you have a home cook in your life and you want to buy them the perfect gift for the next holiday, birthday, or anniversary. You might not think of a sauce subscription right away, but it's an excellent gift for a few reasons:

  1. A sauce subscription keeps giving. Long after the holiday or birthday in question has passed, your loved one can remember your thoughtful, tasty gift when they prepare food.
  2. A sauce subscription allows for trial and error. Your loved one can experiment with new dishes without worrying about replacing ingredients often.
  3. A sauce subscription is a gift you can enjoy. When you gift this to your friend or loved one, they may ask you to taste-test their recipes. Sounds like a win-win scenario.

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If you purchase hot sauces or pasta sauces regularly, consider our rewards program at TRUFF. Every time you try delicious sauces, leave a review, celebrate your birthday, or make an account, you'll earn points that you can redeem for coupons.

Try TRUFF for Yourself

Why remake the same recipes when you can mix things up with luxurious, mouth-watering Arrabbiata sauce? Try it for yourself to see how it complements your favorite Italian dishes with its blend of flavors, luxurious black truffles, and delicate spices.


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