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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 spaghetti 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 vs the traditional way. Why? Because instead of cooking the pasta in water (boring & flavorless), you cook it in the sauce, which allows the spaghetti to soak up all the yummy Italian flavors of the pasta sauce! I bet you’ll never go back to your old ways after this recipe with minimal cleanup and amazing flavor!

Ingredients for One Pot Spaghetti

Ingredients Needed

  • Lean Ground Beef – Or Italian sausage, ground pork, ground chicken or ground turkey
  • Beef Broth – If you don’t have any broth, chicken broth or water will work fine
  • Marinara Sauce – Use your favorite marinara sauce (use a jar of sauce from the grocery store or homemade sauce if you’ve got it!)
  • Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano – If you don’t have the flavored diced tomatoes, you can opt for plain diced tomatoes plus 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 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

Cook the ground beef in a large skillet or large pot over medium-high heat. Once it’s fully-cooked, you can drain the excess fat, if you wish.

Browned ground beef in a large skillet.

Add the broth, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes and garlic and bring to a boil.

Meat sauce cooking in a large skillet.

Turn the burner to medium heat and stir in the dry pasta (I like to break spaghetti noodles in half so it’s easier for the kids to eat) and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the liquid has been mostly absorbed and the noodles are al dente.

Spaghetti noodles going into a large skillet with meat sauce.

Be sure to stir frequently so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Also, if you find that there isn’t enough liquid, simply add 1/4 – 1/2 cups of water.

What to Serve with Spaghetti

I like to scoop up the piping hot one-pot spaghetti onto the plates and garnish with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and fresh parsley or basil.

For sides, there’s nothing better than a warm piece of homemade garlic bread with a plate of spaghetti!! I also like to have a side of a leafy green salad with balsamic or Italian dressing.

How Should I store leftover spaghetti?

Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to five days.

Close-up of spaghetti in meat sauce on a white plate

Other Delicious Add-Ins

This spaghetti dinner is a favorite meal in our house. As the one typically in charge of cooking, I love that the pasta cooks in the meat sauce and results in a quick and easy meal with few dishes. However, I’ve got a few ideas if you’d like to add to these simple ingredients to make something a little more unique!

  • 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.
  • Red bell pepper – Chop a red bell pepper and add it to the pot when you’re cooking the beef.
  • Fresh herbs – If you’ve got fresh basil and/or oregano, I highly recommend adding them to this dish! Simply chop up some of the leaves and stir them in at the very end.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Adding a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (when adding the broth) will add a new depth of flavor!
  • Cherry tomatoes – When I’ve got cherry tomatoes growing like crazy in the garden, I love halving them and tossing them in my homemade spaghetti! Add them in the last few minutes of cooking – long enough to warm them up, but not so long that they lose that fresh-from-the-garden taste!
Overhead shot of a bowl of pasta.

Other One Pot Pastas

Looking for more one-pot meals for those busy weeknights that the whole family will love?? 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

fork full of spaghetti

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One Pot Spaghetti.
5 from 11 votes

One Pot Spaghetti

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
One Pot Spaghetti turns the classic into a weeknight favorite, thanks to fewer dishes, less time and more flavor!!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • One 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • One 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces spaghetti uncooked
  • 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.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11.5g | Vitamin A: 984IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Jan R Casal says:

    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 !

    1. You’re SO welcome, Jan!! Thank you for the review – it helps my small business more than you know! <3

  2. Cassondra Armstrong says:

    5 stars
    This is delicious and so easy! I will never go back to to regular way of making spaghetti again! Thank you!

    1. It’s a game-changer, isn’t it?! Thanks for the review, Cassondra!

    2. It’s really good. Instant fave in our home!! Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    Total game changer
    One pot deliciousness

    1. So happy to hear!!! And agree – there’s no going back now! 🙂 -Kelsey

  4. Michelle B. says:

    5 stars
    My family said this was the best spaghetti I ever made!! So easy yet so delicious. Thank you. I’ve finally redeemed myself and will never make it any other way.

  5. 5 stars
    Deliciously perfect every time! My family much prefers this to traditional spaghetti- which is great for me, since it’s only one pot to wash!

  6. 5 stars
    I used canned chicken and added 2-3 types of cheese at the end, but hubby and I really liked it. Thank you! And,FYI – I was dancing around the kitchen as I cooked this tonight as well. Sarah

  7. 5 stars
    We love this…tastes like “leftover” spaghetti right away! So much more flavorful than cooking the sauce and noodles separate. I’ll always make spaghetti this way now. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. Courtney Williams says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and so tasty! The only thing I do differently is using chicken broth instead of beef broth. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  9. Tresa Matheny says:

    5 stars
    I have to tell you that my 4 yr old granddaughter is a lover of spaghetti. This recipe checked all of the yes boxes with her. She’s going to be so excited when she gets over here this evening! And I barely have a mess to clean up from my 2 year old twin Grandsons when I cook this. Only the tub lol! Thanks so much! I need more easy and quick and yummy recipes for my grandbabies. They think that I hung the moon right now!

    1. Hahaha!!! I totally understand the whole “tub” thing! lol….So glad they enjoyed it! 🙂 ~Kelsey

  10. 5 stars
    Husband loves this it’s our go to when we are camping.

  11. Patricia C. says:

    Thanks for the easiest pot of spaghetti I ever made!! Will continue to make it this way! Delicious!

  12. Leanne Woodall says:

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! Far superior than just boiling noodles in water & plopping sauce on top. Can’t wait to make this again!