One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti turns the classic into a weeknight favorite, thanks to fewer dishes, less time and more flavor!!

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It’s a busy weeknight and you’re scrambling to get a meal on the table for your family.  You grab a jar of pasta sauce and some spaghetti and get a pot filled up with water to boil.  

Ok, let’s stop there, because I’ve got a little secret to fill you in on.  You don’t need to boil the pasta separately from the sauce.  Yeah, you heard that right, no waiting for water to boil!

In fact, I actually prefer this method of making pasta.  Why?  Because instead of cooking the pasta in water (boring & flavorless), you cook it in the sauce, which allows the pasta to soak up all the yummy Italian flavors of the sauce!  Just give it a try and you’ll taste the difference!!!

Ingredients for One Pot Spaghetti

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground Beef – Or Italian sausage, ground pork or ground turkey
  • Beef Broth – If you don’t have any broth, water will work fine
  • Marinara Sauce – Use your favorite marinara sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano – I like the extra flavor from the basil, garlic and oregano, but regular diced tomatoes will work great as well
  • Garlic Powder
  • Spaghetti – I use regular spaghetti noodles, but you could use other pasta shapes, too, however it might affect the cook time

How to make One Pot Spaghetti

  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet.
  2. Add the broth, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes and garlic and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the dry pasta and cook until the liquid has been mostly absorbed and the noodles are soft.
Close-up of spaghetti in meat sauce on a white plate

Amp up the Flavor!

  • Skip the ground beef and add frozen meatballs instead! (Simply add the meatballs when you add the pasta, bring it all to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally)
  • Add more veggies!  Diced onions, sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.
  • Top with cheese!  If you’re a cheese-lover, sprinkle ¼ c parmesan cheese and 1 c shredded mozzarella on top when the pasta is done.
  • Turn up the heat!  Stir in ½ – 1 tsp red pepper flakes….taste it and add more if desired.

Other One Pot Pastas

Looking for more one-pot meals?? I don’t blame you – our family could live off these alone!!
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Mexican Mac & Cheese
Ground Beef Casserole

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One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti turns the classic into a weeknight favorite, thanks to fewer dishes, less time and more flavor!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 1/2 c beef broth
  • 1 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano drained
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • grated parmesan, red pepper flakes, fresh basil for topping optional


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef until fully cooked; drain.
  • Add the broth, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes and garlic powder; bring to a boil.
  • Stir in the spaghetti.
  • Let boil, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the sauce is thick.
  • Top with grated parmesan, red pepper flakes and basil, if desired.
Keyword spaghetti


  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite meals to make! I also love to start with chopped onions carrots celery and minced garlic and omit hamburger. I add whatever veggies I have and fresh basil. Comes out yummy everytime ! Thank-you for your inspiration !

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