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Spicy Skilletini

November 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post


Spaghetti with meat sauce is probably one of my favorite dishes. Unfortunately, I have a hubby who doesn’t like tomatoes so spaghetti with tomato sauce is rarely on the menu. I typically make spaghetti to package for lunches to take to work for myself. I wanted to cut back on the calories in meat sauce and was reminded of one of my favorite dishes at Carino’s Italian Restaurant. So off to the kitchen I went to recreate one of my favorite dishes on their menu.


I love this dish! Its really quick to make (especially if you follow the shortcut method) and delicious. You can also easily add chicken or italian sausage as desired if you want to get a little more out of the dish. I love it just with veggies though! Enjoy!

Spicy Spaghetti Skilletini

8 oz dry spaghetti, uncooked
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 clove garlic, minced
2 cups bell peppers, chopped*
2 cups onions, chopped*
3 – 4 cups marinara sauce as desired
1 tsp crushed red pepper

Add dry spaghetti to a pot of boiling salted water. Once the spaghetti has been cooked according to package directions, drain and set aside (rinse under cool water to prevent pasta from sticking together). Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add bell peppers & onions. Once bell peppers are softened and onions translucent, add minced garlic and saute until fragrant. Add marinara sauce, crushed red pepper and cooked pasta. Simmer over low-medium heat for 10 minutes. Serve hot.

* Shortcut method: Buy frozen pepper & onion stir fry mix.

Serves: 4

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Jessica December 1, 2009 at 4:24 am

This looks awesome! And best part is I already have everything to make it! :-)


Jill @BabyRabies December 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Mmmm… that looks great! And I think we have everything we need to make it. Plus, I like that there’s not that many ingredients :) Perhaps for dinner tomorrow.


Christina December 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I LOOOOVE Carino’s. It’s my favorite (local) restaurant, but they just closed the two nearest us. My husband and I were so so sad. THANK YOU for this…. making tonight!


MaryMoh March 9, 2010 at 3:06 am

I love spicy food and this looks really delicious. I would love that for lunch.


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