Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara and Meatballs

Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara and Meatballs

This classic American-Italian dish is a staple in many family homes in America; this recipe takes a kid-friendly favorite and elevates it for adult taste buds. With just the right amount of flavor from the chili oil and habanero salt- not an overwhelming mouth burn, this dish should still be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy with a salad and a glass of red wine, and you’ll be set for dinner!

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins


For the Sauce: For the Meatballs: To Serve:


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat 3 Tbsp chili oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes, Miscuglio, and salt.

  3. Cover sauté pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chili oil for the meatballs into a bowl.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form meatballs about the size of a golf ball. Space evenly on the sheet pan and drizzle with 2 tsp chili oil. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

  6. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil—season with one pasta rock according to package directions. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and cover until ready to use.

  7. To serve the plate, desired portion of spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs. Top with parmesan and parsley.


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