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penne arrabbiata

The first unofficial pasta challenge happened with our recent YouTube video! Lauren decided to go basic with her macaroni skillet but I up’d my game once again, hopefully for a win, with my penne pasta la vista aka penne arrabbiata! Check out how it all went down in the video below.


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penne arrabbiata

Keyword pasta, pasta sauce, sausage
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 3 C uncooked penne noodles
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 vegan Field Roast Italian sausages
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (1/4 tsp for less spicy)
  • 1/4 C finely diced pickled pepperoncini peppers
  • 1-2 tbsp brine from the pickled pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 C canned crushed tomatoes
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 C finely chopped basil leaves
  • GO VEGGIE parmesan grated topping (optional)


  1. While your pasta is boiling in salted water, prepare the sauce by heating a large pan over medium heat and adding 1 tbsp of olive oil and the vegan Italian sausage. Brown the sausage for 4-5 minutes and once it has some colour on it, add minced garlic and chili flakes. Lower the heat to medium-low to prevent the garlic from burning.

  2. Stir in the pickled pepperoncini peppers and brine. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and bring it up to a simmer for 4-5 minutes. Once pasta is cooked to al dente, drain it and toss it in the pan with the sauce.

  3. Toss in ground black pepper, fresh basil, and a drizzle more of olive oil. Serve immediately and garnish with vegan parmesan if desired.


  • berri MdB 3 years ago

    ok… once i left my late teens and actually found a job that paid well, my dinners consisting of Mac-n-Cheese with beer were pretty much over. a few years later, while serving in the USAF in sicily, i was first introduced to pasta arrabbiata. that was my first time having ‘angry pasta’ and being from southern california, i was hooked. so, if it comes down to Hamburger Helper versus Traditional Italian… Ciao, HH waves hand with over sized glove xD

    the only suggestion i would make is adding green peas and maybe some red wine to the sauce . the italian versions i ate all had peas in them.

    great job, Lauren and John
    age 54 yrs. vegetarian 28 yrs.

  • Sara 3 years ago

    This was delish!! Thank you so much!!!

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      so thrilled you liked it !

  • Laura Lee 2 years ago

    Loves It…..I only added 1/4 tsp chili flakes and 1/4 cup pickled banana peppers (substitute for pepperoncini peppers) and it was spicy enough for my husband and I. We love spicy food. Were not big fans of basil so I only added 1/2 tsp dried basil. I also add 3 tablespoon of spinach (frozen, thawed and water squeezed out)

    I’m surprised more people don’t take the time to comment on how good your recipes are!

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