Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Classic comfort dishes are classics for a reason – they make you feel like home, they make you feel safe, they make you feel loved. My kids absolutely love spaghetti & meatballs. And you know, I cannot leave well enough alone, so I have to switch it up every so often. Just like I did with this Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe. I opted for ground turkey instead of beef or pork. I also kicked it up a level with some red pepper flakes, fennel seed and hot honey!

Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

To make my meatballs fairly uniform, I like to use a baking scoop that is used for making cookies. I like to use the one inch size. I scoop them out and the round them with my hands to make them no flat on one side. When you are making meatballs for a family of 6, portioning them by hand can be difficult. I find this makes it faster. It also ensures that they cook all the way through, since it is a poultry.

Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

So I know not everyone puts sugar or a sweetener into their red sauce. I personally like it to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I usually use honey and not granulated sugars. I find it melts into the sauce much better. When I became acquainted with Hot Honey, well it was love at first taste. I put it in lots of sauce but I think the most magical was this red sauce. I personally prefer Mike’s Hot Honey – it has just the right amount of heat and sweet. But use your own favorite.

Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

My kids like to have a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and a piece of bread with their dinner. If we have growth spurts happening, I like to add in a caesar salad on the side to get those greens in. Would also be tasty with some steamed broccoli covered in garlic butter.

Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Spicy Spaghetti & Meatballs

Kick classic spaghetti & meatballs up a notch with turkey meatballs and a spicy red sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword ground turkey, meatballs, Pasta, red pepper flakes, red sauce, spaghetti, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6


  • lb Spaghetti

For the Meatball

  • lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed

For the Sauce

  • 2 28oz can Crushed Tomato
  • 2 15oz can Tomato Puree
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Minced Onion
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 2 tbsp Hot Honey


  • Preheat oven to 400degF.
  • In a bowl, thoroughly combine meatball ingredients. Form into 1-inch and line out on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a large saute pan, add sauce ingredients. Let come just to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer.
  • Remove cooked meat balls from oven and add to sauce. Let continue to simmer to at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Start water boiling for pasta. Once boiling, add pasta and cook as directed on the package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water.
  • In a shallow pasta bowl, serve a portion of pasta. Top with 6-7 meatballs and top with additional sauce. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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