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One-Pot Spaghetti Dinner Recipe

One-Pot Spaghetti Dinner Recipe

Mamma mia! What’s your secret? A homemade sauce and a one-pot cooking method are the makings of a new family favorite. —Carol Benzel-Schmidt, Stanwood, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace, optional
  • 6 ounces uncooked multigrain spaghetti, broken into pieces
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese pearls or shaved Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion and seasonings.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Stir in spaghetti. Simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until spaghetti is tender. If desired, serve with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without cheese): 414 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 925mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 6g fiber), 33g protein.

Reviews for One-Pot Spaghetti Dinner

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Coccinelle65 User ID: 7187686 246855
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"My family enjoyed the flavors of this meal. I prefer a non-meat spaghetti dish, but I would make this again. I made a few changes but only after I prepared the recipe as it reads above. I added diced green peppers and mushrooms and thought that the sauce was a little bland for my taste at that point. (I had used V8 low sodium in lieu of tomato juice.) Raiding the spice cabinet, I added about 2 T of sugar and 1 T. of Penzey's Mural of Spice. With these additions, I thought that recipe had a bit more depth of flavor."

dbmw2014 User ID: 8699442 242792
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"Very good. I used diced onion instead of minced and added diced green peppers."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 235020
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"I made a few changes due to availability and preferences. First of all, I swapped out the mushrooms for diced bell peppers, and used one small onion. I did not have tomato juice or diced tomatoes, so used a second can of tomato sauce and a can of "25% less sodium chicken broth". I used ground pork for my meat, and used only black pepper, dried mustard, and allspice for seasoning. Compared to the recipe as written it should have been too thick, but I thought it was perfect. My husband, who usually does not like tomato sauces, said it was delicious. It doesn't get much better than that! I will make this again!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 231581
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Loved the allspice in this! I left out the mace.......but the allspice was so subtle. New, go to recipe for quick spaghetti!"

westlake_man User ID: 7555634 230912
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Loved it batter than jar brands. I also had no allspice and mace so I left it out. I used real small onion and 1/8 teaspoon of onion powder instead of minced onion."

KatyH3 User ID: 7354323 214353
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"This has become my go-to spaghetti recipe. It's easy, fairly healthy, and deliscious. Can't beat that!"

chelseaspiegel User ID: 6394642 123204
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Simple and delicious!"

twhite67 User ID: 1729693 197362
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"We eat vegetarian and even without the beef this dish is a big hit with my family. It is so easy. Great recipe!!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 197167
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"i omitted the allspice and added italian herbs - SO GOOD!!"

swinny User ID: 1858482 123203
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Like this a lot and used V8 spicy tomatoe juice! It is so easy & delicious!!!"

mamateach4 User ID: 98528 123188
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"I also have made this 3 times since the magazine came out and my husband and I enjoyed it. I didn't use the mace, but added italian spices. I loved how it was all done in one pot and complete in about 30 min."

dlcain User ID: 637921 123186
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Great for my family of 4. Made it without the mace. Still had a wonderful taste. Will make again."

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 185858
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"I made a few changes. I added a chopped bell pepper and onion at the same time that I added the mushrooms. I also added basil, oregano, and parsley when I added the rest of the seasonings. I have made it twice now, and everyone has loved it! :)"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 185857
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"I didn't use allspice or mace. Used Italian seasoning. It was missing something."

mamateach4 User ID: 98528 126570
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I have made this 3 times since the recipe came out in the magazine. I tried the allspice twice and this last time used basil and oregano. We liked both ways. Definitely a keeper!!"

cinnamongirl319 User ID: 461367 197973
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Love this one!"

notretired User ID: 1706868 185856
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"My daughter made this and raved about it. Said best spaghetti ever for a quick good meal. Will make many times. I am going to make it also."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 126569
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"WOW! My other half hates multigrain pasta but he loved this recipe. I did make some significant changes. I used hot and spicy V-8 instead of the tomato juice (that?s what I had on hand). Instead of the mace, I substituted cinnamon but a scant 1/8 teaspoon and I added ½ of a chopped green pepper. FYI - Substitutes for mace are: Allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg."

NancyDirla User ID: 3083012 181844
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"I did not have allspice or mace so just left those out. My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. Will definitely make again."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.