Roman Meatballs with Arrabbita Sauce .
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4.34 from 3 votes

Arrabbiata Sauce

A wonderfully rich, zesty and spicy tomato sauce made from crushed tomatoes, red wine, garlic and red pepper flakes that is slowly simmered with herbs and onions. Perfect for over any pasta and meatballs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade arrabiata sauce, homemade pasta sauce, meatball sauce recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley chopped


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-high flame and add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the wine, tomato paste, sugar, Italian Seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt and sauté for 2 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, stir and simmer until reduced slightly, about 20 minutes. Season the sauce with more salt to taste. Stir in fresh chopped parsley and use over any pasta dish or meatballs.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.1g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 10.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.5g | Sodium: 533.5mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 8g