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Spicy Arrabiata Penne


Spicy, comforting Arrabiata penne pasta is quick easy to make. Add some cooked chicken breast meat, or some shrimp to make this a full meal.

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  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound penne rigate (penne pasta with ridges)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (26.42 ounce) container chopped tomatoes, such as Pomi
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • Block of Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish


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Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add kosher salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta. Cook according to the package instructions, about 9 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and heat until the oil starts to shimmer. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, red chile flakes, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chopped basil.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano flakes and more basil and serve warm.

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

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