Speedy Stovetop Spaghetti Recipe
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Speedy Stovetop Spaghetti Recipe

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Here’s a take on a favorite you’ll make over and over again. This dish tastes like it’s cooked all day, but it’s ready to eat in 40 minutes. The pasta cooks right in the skillet, and the 20-minute simmer gives me plenty of time to fix the rest of the meal. —Kristin Nanney, High Ridge, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 568 calories, 37 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 1636 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. Saute the sausage, onion and garlic in a large skillet for 5-7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti, parsley, basil, tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine and sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until spaghetti is tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Speedy Stovetop Spaghetti in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Good recipe to have on hand for unexpected company. I used ground beef and will add more spaghetti next time. Great flavor!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"It's tasty but too much tomato liquid for me. I will use a smaller can of tomato sauce and more pasta next time I make it. Taste improves the 2nd time it is served... More zesty/"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"This turned out perfect! I substituted spinach and feta chicken sausage for the Italian sausage. Great recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"I loved the fact that this is a one pan meal. Next time I will increase the liquid and add more pasta."

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