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One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

I used to help my mom make this when I was growing up, and the recipe stuck. It was a beloved comfort food at college, and is now a weeknight staple for my fiance and me. —Kristin Michalenko, Seattle, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Additional chopped parsley


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook and crumble beef with garlic over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in sugar and seasonings. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and 1/4 cup parsley; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
  • Stir in spaghetti, a little at a time; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, until spaghetti is al dente, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle with additional parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 292 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 737mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 8g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • gremaux
    Sep 18, 2020

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  • Christine
    Dec 9, 2019

    I love one pot meals! When I’m tired but I still need to get dinner on the table for my family, this is perfect. It doesn’t make a huge mess since it’s only one pot, and it’s quick and easy, not to mention delicious. Everyone enjoyed it along with some garlic bread. It makes a lot, so I didn’t have to cook the next day. We all enjoyed the leftovers too! I highly recommend you use freshly grated Parmesan cheese, not the stuff in the green container. I actually used freshly grated Asiago and put extra on the table to put on top of individual servings. Can’t have too much cheese!

  • Lynda1111
    Jan 31, 2019

    I love this recipe. Sometimes I use a pound of Italian sausage or less beef, depending on what I have on hand. So glad Kristin shared!

  • bcapmoritz
    Oct 28, 2018

    Been making spaghetti like this for years. I add a bit of spaghetti sauce instead of sugar to add a bit of sweetness to counter the acid of the tomatoes. I don't like my sauces very sweet. I add a lot more basil and oregano, about a tablespoon of each and I add a teaspoon of Italian spices too. I like mine a bit more "spicy". Let it as long as you can. The sauce gets better the longer it sits!

  • dschultz01
    Dec 28, 2016

    Really liked this. Quick and easy weeknight meal, and a nice alternative to a jar of sauce.

  • Barb2633
    Nov 2, 2016

    I have tried many different recipes for homemade pasta sauce and considering how easy this one is it is at the top of the list. I made the sauce, ran some errands and then was able to come home, reheat the sauce and add the pasta. Will definitely be making this again!