My Simple Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce

An easy, savory tomato sauce is a must-have recipe for every kitchen. This is one of my favorite sauces to spread over zucchini noodles or even use as a shakshuka base to make incredible eggs. It’s got the perfect amount of spice in my opinion. (The photos show it over quinoa noodles.)

Cooking tomatoes not only develops a deeper type of flavor, but also releases more of the antioxidant lycopene, which is linked to reduced risks for cancer, heart disease, and deteriorating eyesight. I love adding a hefty dose of garlic and oregano for maximum flavor and powerful immune support. 

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 5 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, very finely diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 (18.3-ounce) can crushed or whole red tomatoes
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or marjoram

1. Heat the avocado oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Add the chili flakes and garlic cloves, sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

2. Add the onions and sauté for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent.

3. Add the red wine vinegar and simmer for 1 minute until liquids have evaporated.

4. Add in the tomatoes, salt, and pepper, stir to combine. Break the tomatoes up (if using whole) using a wooden spoon and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning on the bottom of the pan.

5. Once the sauce has thickened and reduced by about one-third, add the herbs, stir and simmer for 2 minutes.

6. Serve immediately with your favorite pasta of choice or allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to use in any other of your favorite dishes, like shakshuka eggs.

Nutritional analysis Calories: 117, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 3g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Net Carbs: 9g, Sodium: 546mg, Sugars: 6g

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