Arrabbiata Pasta, also known as "angry pasta," is traditionally a spicy dish that gets its heat from the garlic and red pepper flakes. Makes this simple yet delicious dish as mild or spicy as you want! Great on its own, or add in some sauteed vegetables or meat of choice.
Heat a large pot of water over high heat. Salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente as per package directions.
While the pasta water is heating, make your sauce. Heat oil in a small pot over medium heat.
Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Sauté until garlic starts to slightly brown, approximately 2-3 minutes.
Add tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water. Stir and reduce heat to low.
Simmer sauce while cooking pasta as per package directions. The sauce will taste better the longer it cooks, but just 10 minutes or so should do the trick to meld the flavors.
When pasta is ready, drain. Add parsley to the sauce. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and red pepper. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
The intensity of heat will vary based upon the garlic and red pepper flakes that you use.Traditionally, this sauce is served with penne but you can use any shape. Keep in mind that shapes with more edges, such as rotini, will need more sauce so you will want to add 1/4 cup more water to thin it out, or use 3/4 pound pasta instead.I love to add some sauteed vegetables to the pasta, or you can add chicken, shrimp, or sausage for meat eaters.