One Pot Spaghetti

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One Pot Spaghetti is a super easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

spaghetti in a pot

The great thing about a one pot meal is that you’re only dirtying one pot, and you won’t have many dishes to do! That’s the whole idea- a relaxing evening of eating spaghetti and having only a few dishes and one pot to clean. One Pot Spaghetti is a good, lazy-day dinner. A big time bonus is that everyone is always happy with eating a good, old-fashioned spaghetti dinner.

ground beef and onion being cooked in a pot

How to brown ground beef:

This spaghetti recipe has beef added to it. If you don’t care to have beef in your spaghetti sauce, you can skip this step. Alternately, you can choose to brown some sausage (and maybe mushrooms) to include in the meal instead of ground beef.

To brown the ground beef, add the beef to a large pot with the onions, Heat over medium-high until the pink of the beef has disappeared. Use a spatula to cut-up the meat and move it around. The onions will cook along with the beef. If there is an excess amount of oil in the bottom of the pan, you can tilt the pan and spoon out the oil to discard. If there is only a little bit of oil, don’t worry about it. The amount of fat at the bottom of the pan will depend entirely on the ground beef that you choose to use and its fat content. You’ll add in some minced garlic at the end of the cooking time.

spaghetti being cooked in a pot

How to make One Pot Spaghetti:

The awesome thing about making one pot spaghetti is that you get to continue to use the same pot! Next you’ll add diced tomatoes and your favorite marinara sauce to the pot and bring it to a boil. Then you’ll stir in some spices. Spaghetti noodles and beef broth are added to the pot next. It’s easiest if you break the spaghetti in half, but if you prefer to have long noodles then keep them whole. You’ll push the noodles down into the watery sauce and cook for 15 minutes

pot of spaghetti

Troubleshooting:

  • If you still have too much liquid in the pot after the cook time of 15 minutes, take the lid off the pot and let the noodles simmer until the liquid evaporates.
  • If your noodles are still al dente after the 15 minute cooking time, add in a little water and cook a bit longer.

spaghetti on a white plate with pot of spaghetti in background

Top individual servings of spaghetti with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.

spaghetti on a white plate

Enjoy every bite of this super easy, comfort-food, always-a-favorite meal!

forkful of spaghetti

Here are a few more pasta recipes you might like to try:

spaghetti in a pot

One Pot Spaghetti

RecipeBoy.com
Super easy dinner recipe that is family friendly too!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces thin spaghetti noodles
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, brown the ground beef and onions over medium heat until almost all the pink is gone and the onions are translucent. If there is an excess amount of oil in the bottom of the pan, you can tilt the pan and spoon out the oil to discard. If there is only a little bit of oil, don't worry about it. The amount of fat at the bottom of the pan will depend entirely on the ground beef that you choose to use and its fat content. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes and marinara sauce. Cook, stirring on occasion, until boiling. Add the sugar, onion powder, Italian seasoning, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to combine.
  • Break the spaghetti in half (or leave it whole, if desired) and add it to the pot along with the broth. Push the noodles down to submerge them in the sauce. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, for 15 minutes or until the pasta is done and the sauce is thicker.
  • Serve individual servings topped with Parmesan cheese. Add parsley garnish, if desired.

Notes

  • If you still have too much liquid in the pot after the cook time of 15 minutes, take the lid off the pot and let the noodles simmer until the liquid evaporates.
  • If your noodles are still al dente after the 15 minute cooking time, add in a little water and cook a bit longer.
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