Arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta

Arrabbiata Sauce 20-Minute Pasta Dinner

This delicious arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta is going to be your new go-to dinner. With just 8 ingredients, this simple recipe could not be any easier.

5 min. Prep
15 min. Cook
20 min. Total
6 Servings





Put a pot of heavily salted water on to boil and throw the pasta in once boiling



Saute diced bacon in a large pot until just crispy



Remove bacon from the pot and add diced onion, stir until onion is translucent



Add minced garlic to the pot with the onions and stir until fragrant


Pour in a full can of

and stir to combine


red pepper flake

Add in salt and red pepper flakes, adding more or less to your preference



Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes then serve over your pasta with a generous grating of parmesan cheese, Enjoy!

To say this pasta is easy is an understatement. It truly goes from nothing to being on the table in 20 minutes and leaves you with minimal cleanup. This was a go-to for me in college. I would come back from class, whip this up, and have happy roommates with full bellies in no time. With only 8 pantry staple ingredients this recipe was something I could almost always make at the drop of a hat.

This arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta dinner is also very nourishing. With protein in the bacon, carbs in the pasta, and healthy fats in the cheese, this dish is well-rounded and delicious. Typically an arrabbiata sauce is made with pancetta, but I have found the substitution of bacon to be equally tasty. The bacon substitution also makes this arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta much more budget-friendly and accessible for students in college.

To make this recipe even more college-friendly feel free to make the sauce earlier in the day and store it in the fridge for later. This sauce will also last up to 6 months in the freezer so making it in bulk is another time saver option. If you decide to freeze just thaw the sauce in a pot, should take about 10 minutes, and then serve over your choice of pasta. This dish also does well as leftovers so don’t be shy to store in Tupperware for a few days in the refrigerator.

When at school, I loved to serve this arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta with a salad and some bread to soak up all the yummy sauce. Sometimes there really is nothing better than a crunchy baguette with spicy red sauce!

This arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta is a hit with everyone. It is simple, flavorful, and undoubtedly delicious. The bacon adds a layer of smokiness to the fresh and bright flavor of the San Marzano tomatoes and the crushed red pepper gives it the perfect kick. The red pepper can be adjusted to your tolerance of spice, but don’t omit it completely, or else you’ll be left with a typical red sauce. Arrabbiata translates to “angry” in Italian, angry is in reference to the spiciness of the sauce so with no “anger” it can’t be called an arrabbiata.

Next time you are looking through your pantry and can’t decide what to make, consider this arrabbiata sauce 20-minute pasta and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts here at student recipes if you give it a try!

Check out: Tuna Feta Salad for another delicious easy dinner recipe.