Arrabbiata Meat Sauce recipe. A healthy Italian sauce that combines arrabbiata and meat sauce together. Naturally Paleo, Whole30, Grain-free, GF, and Dairy-free.

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I combined two of my favorite Italian sauces, arrabbiata and meat sauce, to create this Arrabbiata Meat Sauce recipe. It basically is the best of both worlds: Spicy and meaty!

It’s also naturally Paleo, Whole30, Grain-free, GF, and Dairy-free and is an easy recipe that is a crowd pleaser.

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If you know me or have been following my blog for a while, my love for meat sauce is pretty apparent. It’s one of my fail-proof go-to meals that turns out amazing every single time.

Since I always love changing things up in the kitchen, I have made a wide variety of different types of meat sauces over the years.

( My Paleo Pumpkin Meat Sauce Ragu is still one of my ALL time favorites, and if you haven’t tried it… you NEED to).

But I’ve never made a spicy meat sauce inspired by my love of arrabbiata sauce.

Arrabbiata sauce is a simple tomato sauce with a major kick of heat.

I don’t even like spicy foods, but I’ve always loved arrabbiata. There’s something about the spice in that sauce that just hits the spot. I’ve also never had a bad arrabbiata sauce. Never.

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I wanted to incorporate these flavors in my favorite sauce of all time ( meat sauce 🙂 ).

As I mentioned earlier, this Arrabbiata Meat Sauce is the best of the meat sauce and arrabbiata worlds. It’s a spicy meat sauce. And the spice in this sauce comes from arrabbiata seasoning.

AKA crushed red pepper/ red pepper flakes, lots of crushed red pepper. 🙂

And the result is a hearty, satisfying, spicy Italian sauce that goes with pretty much anything!

You can eat it with pasta, spaghetti squash, zoodles, potatoes, rice, veggies. You can eat it plain.

You can also use it to make other dishes too!

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I like to use meat sauce to make dishes like Zucchini Lasagna With Meat Sauce & Mushrooms or Healthy Family Style Stuffed Peppers And Tomatoes.

You can totally use this Arrabbiata Meat Sauce to make these types of meals, especially if you like spicy food. 🙂

I love this Arrabbiata Meat Sauce because it is made of simple natural ingredients and it tastes better than what you’d get at a restaurant.

Seriously. It tastes better and is definitely healthier. Give it a try!

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Arrabbiata Meat Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
A healthy recipe mixing arrabbiata flavors into a hearty meat sauce. 


  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • medium yellow onion, , minced
  • cloves  garlic, , minced
  • 2.5  tsp  red pepper flakes/ crushed red pepper, , divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, , diced
  • 2 lbs  ground beef
  • 2 tsp  salt, , divdied
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 5 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes
  • 2 tsp  oregano, , divided
  • 2 tsp  basil, , divided
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onion and garlic in it until translucent for 4 minutes. Mix often. Add 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes to the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Reduce the stove heat to medium. Then add the red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up into pieces until browned. Add 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper to the meat, along with 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, ½ tsp rosemary, ½ tsp thyme, and ½ tsp red pepper flakes. Add the tomato paste and mix it into the meat.
  • Lower the stovetop heat to low-medium. Add the strained and diced tomatoes, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, ¼ cup water, 1 tsp salt, and 1 bay leaf. Mix and then let everything cook and simmer for 30 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meat sauce
Author: Dominique | Perchance to Cook