Spice up Dinner with Penne Arrabbiata paired with Tassel Ridge Iowa In the Dark.

Arrabbiata means angry in Italian. The “angry” part in this recipe is the spice created by the crushed red pepper (which you can adjust to taste), and Tassel Ridge Iowa In the Dark is a perfect pairing for a spicy sauce.


Tassel Ridge® Penne Arrabbiata


  • 1 lb penne (or whole-wheat penne)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper, more or less to taste
  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook pasta, until al dente, according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in large non-stick skillet over low heat. Add garlic and red pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, until garlic is golden brown. Do not allow garlic to burn. Add tomatoes, crushing roughly with back of spoon. Simmer 5 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Drain cooked pasta. Return to pot. Stir in sauce. Stir over very high heat until mixture sizzles. Remove from heat. Add cheese and parsley. Toss well. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Serves 3–4.

Recipe Notes

Wine Recommendation—Tassel Ridge Iowa In the Dark

Iowa In the Dark is a dry red with light and fresh flavors. First impressions are tangy acid followed by black cherry fading to plum followed by a drying mid-palate and a long, pleasing finish. Made from Marquette, St. Croix, Petite Pearl, and Steuben grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa In the Dark is a versatile wine that will pair nicely with grilled meat and spicy foods including Asian, Italian, and Mexican dishes. Serve at room temperature.