Our arrabbiata sauce's rich candied tomato flavour quickly gives way to a spicy, peppery finish, much appreciated by hot chili aficionados.
Arrabbiata sauce is traditionally served with penne and topped with grated pecorino. For more variety, add shrimp or serve with mussels. Average proportions are 375 mL (1 ½ cup) tomato sauce for 500 g (1 lb) pasta. Don't throw away all your pasta cooking water: it's a good idea to add a bit to your sauce. Mix in ¼ to ½ cup (or a ladleful) cooking water with the sauce before adding the pasta. The salted, starchy water will enhance flavours and thicken the sauce, helping it stick to the pasta.
Nothing rivals with the taste of Italian tomatoes ripened under the Mediterranean sun and seasoned with fresh, locally grown aromatics. If our sauces have a velvety texture, comparable to a homemade sauce, it is partly because they are prepared in small batches and cooked over an open flame, the same technique traditionally used by Italian mammas, allowing the water to evaporate gradually.
The De Laurentiis family owns an artisanal business in the Abruzzo mountain region. For two generations, it has been drawing on traditional ingredients and know-how to offer products with an authentically Italian taste. The family grows organic tomatoes, saffron and other seasonings on its own plots of land, and turns them into sauces and condiments thanks to a veritable regiment of cooks who busily tend the ovens.
Roccascalegna, Abruzzo, Italy.
History and anecdotes
Arrabbiata sauce has its origins in the Latium region, where Rome is located. Its name literally means "angry". It may have earned its name because those who eat it become red in the face, as if they were furious!