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Penne with a Kick

Penne with a Kick

in a Pancetta-Tomato Arrabbiata Sauce

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Maybe it’s just us, but pasta sauce from a jar makes us mad. Its flavors are dull compared to what you can make with a little effort at home. Whoever invented arrabbiata must have had us in mind: the name literally comes from the Italian word for angry. Made with real tomatoes and accented with chili pepper heat, this pasta sauce is lively and bright. It comes together in a cinch, too!


Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.

Preparation Time30 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1
serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
serving amount

6 ounce

Penne Pasta


1 unit

Red Onion

4 ounce


1 unit

Chili Pepper

2 clove


1 can

Diced Tomatoes

5 ounce


¼ cup

Parmesan Cheese


1 unit

Roma Tomato

Not included in your delivery

1 teaspoon

Olive Oil

1 teaspoon






Nutrition Values/ per serving
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/ per serving
Energy (kJ)2510 kJ
Calories600 kcal
Fat18 g
Saturated Fat7 g
Carbohydrate89 g
Sugar15 g
Dietary Fiber8 g
Protein26 g
Cholesterol35 mg
Sodium990 mg
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.
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Large Pan
Large Pot
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Wash and dry all produce. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Halve, peel, and dice onion. Mince or grate garlic. Core, seed, and dice Roma tomato. Mince chili pepper.

Start Sauce
Start Sauce

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add half the pancetta from package (we sent more) and cook until slightly crispy, 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally. Toss in onion and as much chili pepper as you like (careful—it’s spicy). Cook until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and toss until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper.

Boil Pasta
Boil Pasta

When water is boiling, add penne to large pot. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup cooking water.

Simmer Sauce
Simmer Sauce

Add Roma tomato, diced tomatoes, and 1 tsp sugar to pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Finish Arrabbiata
Finish Arrabbiata

Add penne and spinach to sauce and toss until spinach is wilted. If needed, stir in a splash of pasta water to loosen sauce and give it an oozy consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Plate and Serve
Plate and Serve

Divide arrabbiata between plates. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.