Patrick's Arrabiata Sauce


A low-cost spicy sauce with strong flavours and a silky texture. It does take a little time to make but the quantities yield 8 servings so that you can refrigerate or freeze the rest. Works great with dried pasta! It is the outcome of three years of trial and error, and I feel like I no longer need to experiment with the ingredients and method. If you're looking for a basic sauce which will allow for the taste of fresh pasta to be more up front, then this sauce might not be for you. To be served on a bed of your favourite pasta, topped with a few fresh basil leaves.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup unsalted light butter

  • 6 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 5 yellow onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 1 cup red cooking wine

  • 15 Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 20 leaves fresh basil

  • 5 tablespoons double concentrated tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste


  1. Place olive oil, butter, and garlic in a large pot; turn heat to high until garlic begins to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Turn heat down to medium; stir in onions and cook and stir until onions are translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour wine over onion mixture; simmer until wine is partially evaporated, about 10 minutes.

  2. Place tomatoes and basil in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to blend until tomatoes are chunky. Pour tomatoes into onion mixture; cook, stirring about every 5 minutes, until sauce darkens to a deep red color, about 40 minutes. Turn off heat.

  3. Working in batches, pour the sauce into a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir tomato paste, smoked paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper into tomato mixture; season to taste with salt.

Cook's Note:

You can make the sauce more spicy by adding more cayenne pepper, or add more smoked paprika for a more earthy, smoked flavor. Add more tomato paste for a thicker sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
31g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 829mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 28mg 140%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 555mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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