Herby Roast Vegetable Arrabbiata Sauce

There’s something so good about a homemade arrabbiata sauce. It’s so versatile but I think the best way to eat it is with pasta. However, it can be expensive and time-consuming though so it’s no wonder that most of us end up using tinned tomatoes.

We’re housesitting at the moment and in the garden here there are three big tomato plants which are still fruiting! Last week I gathered up this motley collection some of which was on the turn and decided to put the effort in and make some tomato sauce. Such a great way of utilising a glut of toms!

Arrabbiata is like Italian tomato sauce on steroids. A rich garlicky sauce which is laced with chilli, it peps up any midweek meal and works well with smokey bacon, chicken or in this case, roasted vegetables.  Traditionally, arrabbiata is served with penne pasta and uses basil but I chose to use the herbs we have here in the garden and served it with fusilli simply because that’s what we have in!

Tomato Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4) 
  • 600g fresh tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely sliced
  • 1 fresh chilli  deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • Small handful of garden herbs finely sliced – I used sage, oregano & thyme
  • Salt & pepper

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
Using hot water to peel tomatoes
Step by Step making of Roasted Vegetable & Herby Garden Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

  1. Cut a cross into the bottom of each tomato and drop into a bowl or saucepan of boiling water.
  2. After a minute or two, the skins will begin to peel. Take the tomatoes out of the water and peel off and discard the skins.
  3. Dice the peeled tomatoes and leave to one side.
  4. Fry the onion in a little olive oil on a medium heat for around 5 minutes (or until soft) and then add garlic and chillies and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and garden herbs and stir through.
  6. Allow the tomatoes to cook on a low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes until they’ve broken down and are very soft, adding a dash of water if needed.
  7. Season to taste.
At this point, the tomato sauce can be turned off and reheated for serving or left on a very low light. If left to cook, keep an eye on it in case you need to add a dash of water. 

  1. For the vegetables, preheat the oven to 200c / 180 fan/gas 6.
  2. Peel the carrots and onion and deseed the pepper.
  3. Cut all the vegetables into equal-size chunks and put into a baking tray.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the veggies have a slight char and the carrots are soft.
  6. Stir into the arrabbiata sauce and add cooked pasta. Mix through and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan.

And that’s it… phew… worth the effort. Enjoy!

If you have a glut of tomatoes and have already made my arrabbiata sauce, why not try some of these recipes, from my fellow blogging buddies? 


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  1. 5th October 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I never buy shop bought pasta sauce now. I find it too sweet and not as good as homemade. I am however guilty of using tinned tomatoes instead of fresh 😛 I know I'm so lazy! Definitely need to try making pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes. You've inspired me to do just that!

  2. 5th October 2016 / 8:32 pm

    You cannot beat a homemade pasta sauce…we have a glut of tomatoes here too. This looks lovely, thanks for including my sundried tomatoes. xx

  3. 6th October 2016 / 6:52 am

    I am loving the sound of this! I would love to grow my own tomatoes, but alas, I make due with a good quality tinned brand.

  4. 6th October 2016 / 7:56 am

    I agree with Nadia, shop bought sauces often taste too sweet, or too intense, rather than of simple, fresh ingredients. Homemade is so much more delicious!

  5. 6th October 2016 / 11:48 am

    Totally! I never buy shop bought sauces because of that fact, I also use tinned tomatoes!

  6. 6th October 2016 / 11:49 am

    No problem, I absolutely LOVE sundried tomatoes, I'll have to try them!

  7. 20th October 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Homemade pasta sauce is THE BEST. This sounds so full of flavour … and I love the added heat from the chili too.

  8. 20th October 2016 / 2:32 pm

    This sounds incredible. I don't buy the jarred or canned sauces. They are always too something: acidic, sweet,too much seasoning, bland, or just taste weird. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. 20th October 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I don't think you can beat a really good home cooked tomato sauce like this, and your recipe looks delicious.

  10. 20th October 2016 / 7:03 pm

    This looks great! I love using veggies in pasta sauces! Makes them so much better!

  11. 29th October 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Hi, this recipe looks very healthy, full of vegetables! I'll give it a try this weekend for sure. Thanks for sharing.
    Jenny – Pressure Cookers HQ

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