Fiery Fra Diavolo Sauce

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Fra diavolo sauce, with its tomato tang, spicy bite, and fresh basil twist is killer with pasta. It’s a perfect base for many popular fra diavolo pasta meals (like chicken, seafood, or shrimp fra diavolo). But don’t pigeonhole this spicy sauce to only pasta. It’s a great dipping sauce as well with bread sticks, mozzarella sticks, and fresh vegetables. Or try it with eggs to add a total spicy kick to your breakfast.

Fiery Fra Diavolo Sauce

Crushed red pepper is the heat source in this fra diavolo sauce recipe, so adapt the spiciness to your tolerance level. A tablespoon is a good starting point, but if you opt for a “saucier” sauce by adding tomato puree (totally optional), consider adding a second tablespoon to keep the heat equal.

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Fiery Fra Diavolo Sauce

Fiery Fra Diavolo Sauce

Tangy, fresh, and fiery
4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 6 servings
Calories 79 kcal



  • In a high-sided saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Heat, stirring often, until the onions have softened (3 to 4 minutes). 
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper. If you like a “saucier” sauce, you can also add a can of tomato puree here (optional). Turn the heat to high and bring the mix to a quick boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Add the parsley and basil. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring often. 
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Use with cooked pasta or as a spicy tomato-based dipping sauce.


Like it spicy? Go a little heavy handed on the crushed red pepper, especially if you opt for a “saucier” sauce by using additional tomato puree.


Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 502mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 634IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Crushed Red Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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