One Pot Skillet Spaghetti
One Pot Skillet Spaghetti recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner! Everyone loves spaghetti and this one won’t disappoint. This homemade spaghetti is prepared in one skillet for a one pot meal! The spaghetti noodles are cooked right in the homemade pasta sauce with ground beef which gives it an amazing flavor!
Pair it with our favorite Olive Garden Bread sticks and a side salad for an easy meal!
Amazing One Pot Spaghetti!
When I try a new recipe on my family, like this One Pot Spaghetti, I watch for any indication they love or hate it. Did they clean their plates? Go back for seconds? If it’s a yes and yes on those question I consider the recipe a win!
Before I even think about sharing a recipe here with you all I have to make sure it’s blog-worthy so I always conduct this very technical research. Like my Baked Spaghetti Casserole, this easy One Pot Spaghetti recipe was a big hit with my family.
So, this easy pasta recipe passed with flying colors when I served it for dinner, but it also gets bonus points because you only need a few simple ingredients to make it, it cooks up all in one pot, and is on the table in about 40 minutes. Trust me, you can easily make this dinner while entertaining hungry children without very much effort at all. I know because I’ve done the research! Aren’t you impressed?
Spaghetti Made in ONE Pot!
I haven’t even mentioned the clean-up situation which gives this One Pot Spaghetti even more bonus points. One pot = fewer dishes and that’s the sort of math I love! I don’t know about you but I HATE dishes. This is why I love my Instant Pot Spaghetti for quick meals too!
I can’t wait to show you how easy this spaghetti recipe is and I’m pretty sure you’ll be adding it to your weekly dinner rotation! I mean, do we ever have enough easy dinner recipes?
Spaghetti with Homemade Meat Sauce!
Let’s talk about the homemade sauce for a minute because it’s so not scary to make! You won’t be standing in the kitchen chopping endless veggies because it uses mostly pantry ingredients like Contadina tomato paste, spices like chili powder oregano, garlic salt and a few fresh ingredients like ground beef, onion and Parmesan cheese.
It’s seriously a dump in the skillet and simmer operation and you end up with an amazingly flavorful homemade spaghetti that will have everyone cleaning their plates.
What ingredients do I need to make One Pot Spaghetti?
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy One Pot Spaghetti recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
- Ground beef
- Tomato juice
- Tomato paste
- Chili powder
- Garlic salt
- Parmesan cheese
How do I make One Pot Spaghetti?
- Brown Beef – First, brown the beef in a skillet. Drain the excess grease.
- Add Ingredients – Add the water, tomato juice, and tomato paste and bring them to a boil with the beef.
- Simmer – Reduce the heat and add the spaghetti. Cover the skillet and simmer the pasta with the sauce and beef for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the spaghetti is al dente. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and serve.
So, easy, right!? This is my favorite kind of recipes – simple ingredients, easy steps, and minimal clean-up! It’s so kid-friendly, but my husband loves it, too. We make this homemade spaghetti recipe on repeat at my house!
What tools do I need to make One Pot Spaghetti?
The best part about this easy spaghetti recipe is that you only need a large skillet with lid to make it!
I also love my spaghetti spoon for serving!
Tips and Tricks for making One Post Spaghetti!
Here are some quick tips and tricks along with frequently asked questions about this skillet spaghetti recipe. If you have additional questions please comment below and we will do our best to answer them!
Can you cook noodles in tomato sauce?
Yes, you can cook noodles or pasta in tomato sauce! The only thing you have to do is thin the sauce with liquid. For this recipe, I used tomato juice to make the sauce because it’s thinner and that ensures the pasta will cook properly. I love that you can cook pasta and the sauce all in one pan.
Do I need to have ground beef in this recipe?
We love to use ground beef, but you can substitute other meat! Try using ground turkey, ground chicken, pork sausage or plain ground pork to switch things up.
You can also leave it out if you don’t want to make it with a protein!
What is al dente?
Al dente means “to the tooth”, which is just a fancy way of describing the ideal texture cooked pasta should have. When you cook pasta to al dente it means the pasta is cooked, but still firm when you bite it. It’s a good idea to test your pasta a few times while it’s cooking, once it’s cooked through but still has a somewhat firm texture it’s ready to serve.
How do I store leftover skillet spaghetti?
Store leftover skillet spaghetti in an airtight container. It should keep in the refrigerator for three to five days properly covered.
How long does leftover one pot spaghetti last?
You can keep leftover one pot spaghetti for three to five days in the refrigerator. Just be sure it’s stored in an airtight container.
Are you ready to join the Contadina #cleanplate club along with my family? Trust me, your family is going to love this amazingly easy, flavorful One Pot Spaghetti!
More One Pot Meals!
- One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
- One Pot Pizza Pasta
- One Pot Ham & Penne
- One Pot Mexican Spaghetti
- One Pot Chicken Alfredo
Make it a Meal with these recipes!
- Olive Garden Bread Sticks
- Easy Homemade Breadsticks
- Rosemary Bread (Macaroni Grill Copycat)
- Greek Salad
Did you make this? If you snap a photo, please be sure tag me on Instagram at @julieseatsandtreats or #julieseatsandtreats so I can see your yummy treat!
One Pot Spaghetti Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3 c. water
- 2 3/4 c. tomato juice
- 1 6 oz can Contadina tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 7 oz Spaghetti
- 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
- In a skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain greased off of hamburger.
- Add water, juice, tomato paste and seasonings and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and add spaghetti. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently or until spaghetti is cooked to al dente. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
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