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This National Spaghetti Day, Slurp to these Simple Spaghetti Recipes

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 “On top of spaghetti,

All covered with cheese,

I lost my poor meatball,

When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,

And on to the floor,

And then my poor meatball,

Rolled out of the door.”

Sharon Ruth and Philip Anders might have written this timeless classic way back in time, but it brings out the National Spaghetti Day spirit more than #NationalSpaghettiDay hashtag.

4th of January cooks up to National Spaghetti Day, and because an average American eats 15.5 pounds of pasta each year, you should try out these simple spaghetti recipes and get all saucy.

We are best from the rest, and we’ll get you the best stuff as well. Our chef-mates at Delish recommend these recipes from the bottom of their crock pots. Do give ‘em a try.

Celebrate this doughy day by adding meatballs, sprinkle some parmesan on top and garnish with love: Down below are 5 simple spaghetti recipes for you to try on National Spaghetti Day.

Did I tell you that they are so easy that your two-year-old can be an Italian noodle maestro? Have a look!

Read more: This Mom’s Recipe is now a $4million Business Idea

1. Spaghetti & Meatballs

Ready in: 60 minutes

Serves: Four people

Ah, Spaghetti and Meatballs- The holy grail of pasta delicacies. This simple spaghetti recipe is so easy that you can cook it with your eyes closed (Update: I tried and I burned my pinkie, don’t do that).

Give your National Spaghetti Day a sleazy start with this lip smacking delight. Here’s the ingredient list and recipe:


  • Spaghetti 1 lb.
  • Ground beef 1 lb.
  • Breadcrumbs 1/3 cup
  • Finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup
  • Freshly grated Parmesan 1/4 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt 1 tsp.
  • Red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp.
  • Olive oil, divided 2 tbsp.
  • Onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes in puree (35-oz.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Boil salted water & cook up the spaghetti as it says on the package. Drain it.

2. In a big bowl mix breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, garlic, eggs, 1 tsp. salt and red pepper flakes with beef. You can easily get 14 to 16 balls from the mix.

3. In a large cooking pot, add 1 tbsp. oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs until they’re brown from all sides, it won’t take more than 10 minutes. Keep them aside.

4. As for remaining oil, put it in the pot with onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add bay leaf along with crushed tomatoes before seasoning it with salt and pepper. Simmer it down, add meatballs, and cover. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes to thicken the sauce.

5. Your simple Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is ready! Serve with a tasteful scoop of meatballs and sauce, top with Parmesan.

2. Garlicky Spaghetti

Ready in: 35 minutes

Serves: Four people

Send your taste buds for a juicy ride with this simple spaghetti recipe that takes just half an hour to giddy up.

Garlicky spaghetti is an awesome choice for National Spaghetti Day and it looks delectable enough to hit the Instagram. Check the ingredients and recipe down below:


  • 6 cloves garlic, divided
  • extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/4 cup
  • panko bread crumbs 1½ cup
  • Crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp.
  • Kosher salt
  • Dry spaghetti 1 lb.
  • Butter 1 tbsp.
  • 3 oil-packed anchovy filets, minced
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly grated Parmesan 1/3 cup
  • Freshly chopped parsley 1/3 cup


1. Heat 3 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Mince 3 garlic cloves; put them with breadcrumbs in the skillet with crushed red pepper flakes and salt. In 3 minutes, garlic and breadcrumbs should be fragrant and golden. Shift them to a paper towel-lined plate, wiping out the skillet.

2. Thinly slice remaining three garlic cloves. Boil salted water & cook up the spaghetti as it says on the package. Save one cup of pasta water.

3. Add remaining olive oil and butter to medium-heated skillet. Add sliced garlic to melted butter along with anchovies (optional). In 2 minutes, garlic should be fragrant. Take the heat to medium-low until pasta is cooked.

4. Add pasta to skillet and toss it while adding lemon juice, lemon zest, and Parmesan (optional). You can thicken the sauce with pasta water if you want. Add 3/4 of the bread crumbs along with parsley and toss. Voila! Top with remaining bread crumbs and serve Garlicky Spaghetti immediately.

3. Vegetable Spaghetti

Ready in: 30 minutes

Serves: Six people

The best part of this scrumptious yet simple spaghetti recipe is that you can experiment as much as you like. This National Spaghetti Day put all those veggies to use in this tasty delight.

We’ve mentioned the long list of greens that you can put in the vegetable spaghetti- but seriously, put a little bit of everything in your veggie box- it gets better. Get the recipe and ingredients below:


  • Spaghetti 1 lb.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp.
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Tomato paste 1 tbsp.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28-oz.)
  • Italian seasoning 1 tsp.
  • Red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp.
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced basil, for garnish
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish


1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook spaghetti as the package tells you. Save a cup of pasta water then drain the spaghetti.

2. Heat a large skillet with oil to the medium, throw in some garlic and cook for a minute till it’s fragrant. Now add carrot, zucchini and red onion and cook for 7 minutes, it should be soft by then. Squish the tomato paste with diced tomatoes and shower red pepper flakes, salt & pepper along with Italian seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Now dump that spaghetti in skillet along with ½ cup of pasta water you saved before. Add some more if you feel like it. Garnish with some beautiful Parmesan and basil to serve. Your veggie spaghetti is all set!

4. Seafood Spaghetti

Ready in: 30 minutes

Serves: Four people

Spaghetti isn’t just a midnight cook-a-thon snack; it’s perfect for a romantic date as well. Conclude your passionate dinner night with your bae with some seafood spaghetti and a bottle of wine with this simple spaghetti recipe.

This fourth of January, host a kitchen-side date to celebrate National Spaghetti Day. You don’t have to work very hard, just gather the supplies given below and follow our lead:


  • Spaghetti 12 oz.
  • Butter 2 tbsp.
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 lb.
  • Scallops, patted dry 1/2 lb.
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Milk 3/4 cup
  • Low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 3/4 cup
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving 1/2 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes 1 cup
  • Freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish 1/4 cup
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


1. Same old, same old. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted water according to the label. Drain it out.

2. At the same time, melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Time for shrimps and scallops to take a dip with salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minute on each side before shifting it to a plate.

3. Put garlic and shallot in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes to make it soft and fragrant. Time to pour milk and broth with parmesan, tomatoes and parsley before seasoning it with salt. Simmer for 3 minutes more. Now get back to shrimps and scallops, toss and turn to mix them up.

4. Squeeze the lemon juice. Finally, pour the cooked spaghetti and toss until it’s fully coated. Finish it off with a parsley and parmesan garnish. Your exotic seafood spaghetti is ready!

5. Primavera Carbonara

Ready in: 25 minutes

Serves: Four people

The Primavera Carbonara is the Godmother of all delicacies. How can such a simple spaghetti recipe turn out to be so full of exquisite taste?

This might be my personal favoritism talking, but I feel that PrimaCarb is the best spaghetti dish. I cook it every national spaghetti day, and I follow the delish recipe (except I use chicken in place of bacon). Have a look:


  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced 4 oz.
  • Spaghetti cooked according to label instructions 3/4 lb.
  • 5 egg yolks
  • Heavy cream 1 cup
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving 1/2 cup
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Time to cook the bacon until it’s crispy over medium heat in a large skillet. 10 minutes should be enough, take the bacon off the skillet and save the grease.

2. Toss the onions, mushrooms, and zucchini in the skillet and cook it for 7 minutes (until they’re soft) over medium heat. Kill the heat and add the cooked spaghetti and bacon.

3. Whisk heavy cream with egg yolks and parmesan. Now comes the drooler- pour that heavenly mixture over the spaghetti ASAP and mix ‘er up. Some salt, pepper and parmesan would be perfect to season and garnish.

4. Voila! Your Prima Carbonara is ready. Not a bacon-freak? Put in some chicken, it tastes even better.

Now that National Spaghetti Day is upon us, we should celebrate in style, while keeping it simple at the same time. Even though you have to inhale it like a vacuum cleaner, spaghetti is love.

Give your taste buds a run for the money with these delectable yet simple spaghetti recipes. And yeah, Happy National Spaghetti Day!


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