Ok, raise your hands ... who else makes spaghetti practically every week?
Since my house is filled with hungry boys, spaghetti is definitely part of our regular meal rotation. So how does this busy mama change it up – without making it complicated?
Meet our new weeknight favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti! Just close your eyes and imagine a restaurant-worthy, meaty sauce filled with classic Italian spices, swirled around hearty forkfuls of spaghetti. Best of all, it's all simmered together in one pot – and ready from start to finish in less than 30 minutes!
In fact, this five-star recipe is included in the One-Pot 10-Meal Kit, which includes 10 delicious meals you can make using one dish or your slow cooker. (In other words, you get all the rave reviews – without all the mess.)
Ready to get cooking?
Easy as 1-2-3: How to Make It Tonight Check out the step-by-step tips and photos below. See the full recipe here >
Step 1: The Meat
Using a large saucepan with a lid, cook and crumble 1½ pounds lean ground beef over medium-high heat.
Brown the meat about 6-8 minutes or until it's no longer pink, draining off the liquid as needed.
Step 2: The Sauce
Next, stir in Mama Mia™ Marinara Sauce Mix, 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes and 2½ cups water. (Yes, this is where it gets good.)
Step 3: The Pasta
Stir in 12 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces.
Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, about 15-20 minutes or just until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. And voila!
You've got one delicious pasta – and only one pot to wash after dinner. (Talk about using your noodle, right?)
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Tips & Hints:
- Serve with a fresh salad, garlic breadsticks and/or Rustic Herb Roasted Green Beans.
- Feel free to substitute ground turkey in place of ground beef if you'd like.
- If you prefer a chunky sauce (or if you want to sneak in a few more veggies for your kiddos!), add sliced mushrooms or finely chopped carrots.
- Since this is a generous recipe, you may have leftovers for lunch like we did! If you reheat the spaghetti or if it becomes a little dry, simply stir in additional water.