Penne all'Arrabbiata
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Penne All’Arrabbiata

Add as much garlic as you like to make this flavorful pasta even feistier.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Keyword: penne arrabbiata
Servings: 4
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or to taste
  • 3 teaspoons garlic finely minced (use fresh, not the jarred; trust me)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes use less if you don't like spicy
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 8 ounces pasta penne or ziti preferred
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Sauté the garlic and red pepper in the olive oil for about 3 minutes; do not brown the garlic!
  • Use a blender to puree the tomatoes. (I use a hand blender right in the can and leave them slightly on the chunky side.) Stir the tomatoes into the garlic mixture. Simmer, stirring, until the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes; drain. Toss with the sauce and cook for a couple minutes more. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a good crusty bread. Serves 4.


Each serving counts as 7 points on Weight Watchers Freestyle program.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3.4g | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 3.5g