Hetty’s spicy improved marinara sauce


Hey everyone!

Wondering what’s cooking at Hetty’s home kitchen today? well, let me tell you all about it in a second.

Today I made pasta with a twist. The thing about pasta is that it’s so easy to make so incredibly good to eat. I love pasta, and sometimes I make the meat-sauce from scratch and sometimes I spice up and improve a glass of marinara sauce from the store and add ground beef. It’s so easy to improve a marinara sauce, and there are a hundred ways to do it. Today I’m going to give you some tips on how you can make a tasteless store-bought marinara sauce into a spicy and delish meat-sauce perfect for spaghetti or any type of pasta you’re in the mood for.


1 Pound Ground beef

1 Jar Marinara sauce

1/2 Onion

1 Clove Garlic

1 Green chili or jalapeño




Dried red chili flakes

Italian seasoning

Extra virgin olive oil


1 teaspoon powdered beef-broth

Grated nutmeg

2 Teaspoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Mushrooms ( pre-cooked it a pan, or canned mushrooms — Whatever you have.)

Grated cheese

Grated Parmesan


  1. Add some water into a medium pot and season with salt. Clean and chop up the onion and the green chili.  Pour some olive oil into a large skillet with some butter. When the butter has melted add in the onion and the chili. Season with salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg. let it simmer for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the ground beef, season with Italian seasoning, dried red chili flakes, and grated garlic. Let it cook until it reaches a golden brown color and it’s cooked all the way through.
  3. Add the pasta into the water when it starts to boil. Let it cook for about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes with the meat and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. Then add in the marinara sauce to the meat and mix it well together. Let it cook for five minutes. Stir in one TBS butter and some grated cheese.  When the butter has melted the pasta should be ready. Drain the pasta water and add it into a bowl, pour over the meat-sauce and gently blend it all together before serving.  Garnish with parsley or grated parmesan.

You can easily serve this dish up with some garlic bread on the side, maybe a salad if you want. This is a simple dish, that is perfect any day of the week. It’s easy, it’s spicy and it’s delicious.  I really loved this spicy version, and I’m for sure going to make it again.

I was supposed to have pork tenderloin for dinner today and I was looking forward to making this really good marinade, but as I realized this morning I forgot to buy it. lol

I’m binge watching Grimm on Netflix tonight with my wonderful mom. She’s hooked on Grimm and she loves it. Lucky for me because it’s one of my favorite shows.  What are y’all up to this Saturday evening? ( If there is anyone out there.lol.)

I hope all of you are having an amazing Saturday so far and I hope to see y’all back here tomorrow for a new post.

  • Hetty

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