Fresh Oregano Pasta with Spicy Meatball Marinara

If you’re ready to take your taste buds on an Italian adventure, this recipe will walk you through making fresh oregano spaghetti noodles with a spicy meatball marinara sauce.  I used to think that this was only something chefs can do, but I’ve perfected it and made it multiple times.  Now it’s basically fool proof and something you can enjoy making at home.

You’ll need about an hour (if you have a stand mixer that can slice pasta and knead dough) and 1 and 1/2 hours if you don’t.  Either way, you’re going to love this one.

Fresh Oregano Pasta with Spicy Meatball Marinara

This fresh pasta with spicy meatball marinara is an amazing and easy to do recipe that everyone will love.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 people


Pasta (This is based off on Ann Burell's recipe)

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 large drizzles olive oil extra virgin

Spicy Meatball Marinara

  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano divided
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fried basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian basil finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic divided: 2 minced, 2 chopped
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • olive oil extra virigin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


Making the Pasta

  • This is insanely easy. Put the flour, salt and oregano into a large stand mixer or a bowl. 
  • Next toss in the 4 eggs and 1 yolk and now mix together. Add a three drizzles of extra virgin olive oil and slowly add a cup of water until you get a dough consistency.
  • If you have a dough hook that can knead the dough, let it knead it for about 10 minutes or do it by hand for about the same amount of time.  
  • Then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour. (You can skip this step if you want to)
  • Now cut or rip the dough into 6 sections. If you have a pasta maker/cutter attachment, you can flatten and cut the noodles like you see me doing. (If you do not have one, use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat and then either slice it or roll it and slice it like you would a log) 
    how to make fresh pasta
  • Set the noodles aside.
  • Now we're going to make the marinara sauce and spicy meatballs. This is fun and really easy to do. Before you start, you'll want to bring a pot of salted water to a boil and pour in a few large drizzles of extra virgin olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking to each other.

Making the Meatballs

  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the breadcrumbs, eggs, 1/2 of the oregano, dried basil, chili pepper flakes, garlic powder, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Add the ground beef into the bowl with breadcrumbs and season with sea salt and pepper. You can toss in some of the chopped or diced onions if you want a nice extra kick. Now make them into balls and set them aside.

Making the Spicy Marinara Sauce

  • This is one of my favorite things to make. Heat a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat and toss in the shallots, garlic and onions. 
  • Once softened add the fire roasted tomatoes and the tomato sauce. 
  • Once hot, add the remaining dry ingredients (not the fresh basil) and the meatballs and season with a pinch or two of sea salt and black pepper. Let this cook covered for about 4 or 5 minutes and then turn the meatballs over for another 4 or 5 minutes. 
    how to make a spicy meatball marinara
  • Once they're cooked through all the way, add in the fresh basil (leaving some left over for a garnish once you've plated the dinner).
    spicy meatball marinara recipe

Put it all Together

  • While the sauce is cooking, make sure to cook your noodles. Fresh noodles only take about 4 or 5 minutes to cook all the way so make sure you watch them closely. Now plate everything and serve with sprinkled Parmesan and basil on top.

I ended up making it up by accident and it is always something people request when they’re coming over.  If you’ve tried this or have your own variation, feel free to leave a comment below with how it worked for you.

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