Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce

  • Author: Sarah
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This classic spicy marinara sauce is our favourite tomato sauce in our house. It’s made with all of the ingredients we all know and love in a really good, traditional Italian dish.



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled & Sliced
  • 1 fresh red chilli chopped finely (half if you don’t like too much heat) If you only have dried chilli flakes use 1/2 tsp
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn or roughly-chopped


  • Heat a saucepan on medium heat and add the oil.
  • Add the chilli and heat for around 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute (make sure you don’t burn it here)
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree and mix together.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and water, season with salt and ground black pepper, now simmer for 15 mins on a low heat.
  • After 15 minutes add and stir through half of the basil.
  • Now top with the remaining basil.
  • Serve up and enjoy.


  • Freeze for up to 3 months, defrost before use and enjoy a quick simple meal.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days
  • Perfect served on its own with pasta (400g will serve 4/5 people)
  • Perfect served with my meatless balls.
  • Add in a couple large handfuls of spinach and stir through at the end of cooking for extra goodness.
  • Category: dinner
  • Cuisine: italian

Keywords: vegan, plant based, Italian food

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