Italian Spaghetti Napolitana

Spaghetti Napolitana

Despite the name of this dish, it didn't originate in Naples. It's a variation of pasta al pomodoro (noodles with tomatoes), a basic Italian meal. This Napolitana spice blend adds the Mediterranean aroma of mixed herbs. Optionally, try a variation with vegetables or meat (Spaghetti Bolognese).
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3



  • 1 lb ground meat [1] optional

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 8 oz vegetables [2] finely cut (optional)
  • 1 cup basil or parsley leaves for garnish


  • 1/2 cup cheese [3] finely grated (optional)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 can tomatoes [4] 17-18 oz
  • 1 lb spaghetti or capellini, bucatini, or other noodles of your choice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Napolitana Culinary Spice Kit

  • Onion, garlic, oregano, basil, marjoram, sage, chili, celery

Suggested Sides

  • lettuce or cucumber salad with a mild dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt & pepper



  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions and fry them until they are translucent.
  • Careful of splatters, add tomatoes and Napolitana spices.
  • Optionally, add ground meat and stir until it's crumbled.
  • Optionally, add finely cut vegetables. Mix well.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook for 30-90 minutes.


  • Cook the noodles according to package instructions.


  • Pour Napolitana sauce over the noodles.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with cheese, and garnish with basil or parsley leaves.
  • Enjoy!


[1] beef, pork, lamb, poultry, or a mix of it
[2] recommended: carrots, turnip, or parsnip; eggplant
[3] recommended: parmesan
[4] The ingredients in the can should be only tomatoes and no seasoning.