Quick and Easy One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Quick and Easy One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on December 02, 2023

This one pot spaghetti with meat sauce recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner option. The spaghetti cooks right in the flavorful meat sauce, making clean-up a breeze. Packed with ground beef, tomatoes, herbs, and spices, this dish is hearty and satisfying. It's perfect for busy families who want a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Just throw all the ingredients together in one pot and let it simmer to perfection. Serve with some garlic bread and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a complete meal.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot with the ground beef. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Break the spaghetti in half and add it to the pot. Stir well to combine and ensure the spaghetti is submerged in the liquid.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the spaghetti simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired tenderness.
  6. Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove the pot from the heat. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  7. Serve the one pot spaghetti with meat sauce hot, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and garnished with fresh parsley.
  8. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Traditionally, making spaghetti sauce involves boiling the pasta separately and cooking the sauce separately. This one-pot method saves time and reduces the number of dishes to wash.
  • The longer you simmer the spaghetti in the sauce, the more it absorbs the flavors, resulting in a richer taste.
  • Feel free to customize the recipe by adding your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini. Just sauté them along with the onions and garlic.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the sauce in portions for future use.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or halved depending on the number of servings you need.