One Pot Spaghetti

Spaghetti is one of those meals always on my back burner. No idea what’s for dinner? Spaghetti to the rescue. This One Pot Spaghetti recipe is my absolute favorite. Everything’s cooking in one pot, ready at the same time, and perfect- with flavor absorbed into ever single bite.

One Pot Spaghetti in a large blue pot

Do you ever have those days, or nights, where there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day?

Here you were getting off work, helping with homework, tidying the house with hours to spare until dinner when all of a sudden you check the clock and it’s already almost time to sit down at the table?

a close up of One Pot Spaghetti showing the saucy chunks of cooked ground beef and tomato & onion pieces

Happens to me all too often.

Just for those nights I like to have a list of quick, easy meals that use ingredients I always have on time. Especially on those nights, rushing to get a hearty meal on the table, a meal that makes minimal mess is essential.

a hand holding tongs scooping up One Pot Spaghetti from an enameled cast iron pot

One Pot Spaghetti, with it’s special secret ingredient, is at the top of my list. It’s easy to throw together, and has a to die for taste that will impress even the most traditional spaghetti lovers.

From the time you begin, you can be seated at the table with your family enjoying an un-rushed conversation over a hearty, hot meal in less than 30 minutes.

One Pot Spaghetti shown in two white serving bowls with forks and a cloth napkin in the background

My kids’ call this ‘lunch lady spaghetti’, still to this day. When I asked them why, after the twentieth time I’d served them this dish, they told me it was because it tasted like the pasta dish they loved from their elementary school cafeteria. Normally, this might miff me, but coming from my kids’ that’s high praise. They loved to pack lunch, but once a month they’d beg to buy it. You guessed it, it was always on spaghetti day.

I think I get it too. The one pot process is pretty simple. I mean, when has this dish ever been hard? But when you make it this way, with this One Pot Spaghetti- you get something extra delicious, because every noodle soaks up every single bit of flavor imaginable.

a spun fork full of One Pot Spaghetti

You will never want to cook spaghetti the old way again, not after experiencing this One Pot Spaghetti. It’s incredibly tasty, and one pot makes clean up a breeze.

It’s not in a can, but it’s homemade in a synch- this is the meal of busy parents’ dreams!

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One Pot Spaghetti

The classic spaghetti you love, but made in a single pot so every noodle absorbs the utmost flavor- this recipe is the only one you're ever going to want.
4.13 from 72 votes
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Course: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 397kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef or sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz spaghetti whole or broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan


  • In a Dutch Oven, or a large pot, brown the meat with the onion. Drain.
  • Add garlic and let cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  • Add broth, spaghetti sauce, and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add spaghetti and reduce heat.
  • Cook covered 17-20 minutes, or until the noodles are al dente, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1065mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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26 thoughts on “One Pot Spaghetti

    1. 5 stars
      I have made this probably 20 times since quarantine began. A go to. I now make the meat sauce in a big pot and freeze and add a frozen block of meat sauce and noodles to boiling broth to make the recipe even faster. Love this, from one tired mama

    1. Whatever sauce you like best, any work really. For this recipe though I would recommend one that’s not ‘chunky’ style though.

    1. 5 stars
      Hello! I have tried this recipe and it was WONDERFUL!!!! I have 1 silly question tho- can you tell me how much 1 serving is? Is it a cup? Thanks so much!!!

    1. I’d love to help, but am confused on what liquids you’re referring to? They’re all listed with exact measurements…

  1. 4 stars
    This was delicious and easy to follow instructions step by step instructions. I added Texas toast Garlic bread as a side. My 3 year old daughter really enjoyed it. I had the itis after this hearty meal with left overs for days. Only use half of the box of noddles instead if the whole box.

  2. 5 stars
    We love spaghetti around here but it always generates too many dishes. This recipe is PERFECT! One pot, easy clean up! I added about 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning to the sauce for more flavor, and also used 5 cloves of fresh garlic, pressed. We really like garlic. It was absolutely delish! One little tip, when I add the water, I measure it out then add it to the now empty pasta sauce jar, replace the lid and shake. Then I pour it into the mix. This way, I get ALL of the sauce. Thank you for such a great recipe!

    1. Yes! Spaghetti is supposed to be a simple supper, not one that leaves me with a ton of dishes to wash lol. Thanks for sharing such good tweaks, you can never have too much garlic and no sauce should ever be wasted!

  3. 5 stars
    Wonderful delicious and easy, I made 1 1/2 recipes as I had 1 1/2 lb of grd beef. Leftovers are great and in the current status of stay at home Illinois, the left overs will not go to waste. Thank you I love your recipes as I usually have everything on hand.

  4. Canโ€™t wait to try this. I will also add 1/2 jar of pesto as I always add it to my usual spaghetti recipe.

  5. Hi, Great recipe! I just wanted to let you know that I prepared this with Beef Stock (as I had no Chicken Stock/Broth) and it came out excellent! Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know that beef stock works just as well, Anna. Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Can u make this in a crockpot?
    Guess all I need to know is how long would u cook it on low?๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿ›ท๐Ÿ‘ผ

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