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Rigatoni Arrabbiata with Burrata Cheese

  • Author: Celeste
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


This Rigatoni Arrabbiata uses few ingredients and is super easy to make. The spicy arrabbiata sauce paired with burrata cheese makes this pasta dish ultra drool-worthy. Plus, it takes less than an hour to make!



  • 1 lb (454 g) rigatoni
  • 2 (28 oz) cans peeled San Marzano tomatoes, whole
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 16 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 oz (226 g) burrata cheese


  1. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and crush them with your hands until only small chunks are left. Set aside.
  2. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. 
  3. Add the onion, stirring occasionally until translucent. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring until fragrant (a few seconds).
  4. Add the tomatoes to the pot, stir, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. This helps to thicken the sauce and allows the flavors to blend together. Stir occasionally.
  6. About 15-20 minutes before the sauce is done, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package instructions.
  7. Before draining, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. Drain.
  8. Add the basil, salt, and 1-2 tbsp pasta water to the sauce. If it’s too thick, add a bit more pasta water.
  9. Add the rigatoni and toss until coated with the arrabbiata sauce.
  10. Let the pasta cook into the sauce on low heat for 1-3 minutes.
  11. Top with fresh basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and burrata cheese. Enjoy!


If you like your sauce a bit thicker, simmer it longer than 45 minutes.

If you’re adding extra vegetables, cook them with the onion and garlic. For spinach, toss it in with the basil and stir until wilted.

Keywords: rigatoni arrabbiata, easy arrabbiata sauce, burrata, easy pasta dinner, Italian pasta recipe, simple