One-Pot Spaghetti – Family Favorite

I am still swooning over this one-pot spaghetti I made earlier this week. I am the hugest fan of homemade spaghetti sauce. I used to make it all the time – back before life got so busy. I wish I could tell you that this post was about a spectacular one-pot wonder of homemade goodness. It’s not. But it is about a one-pot wonder of easy deliciousness perfect for the middle of a busy work week.
This is not a sponsored post. I bought the ingredients with my own money and the thoughts are all my own.
One-Pot Spaghetti - Family Favorite - The Gifted Gabber
I’ve come across several recipes for one-pot spaghetti, each slightly different from the other. I used to turn my nose up at spaghetti recipes which combined the noodles and the sauce, always preferring to cook each part separately and top my noodles with a ridiculous amount of sauce. However, this one-pot concept seemed simple enough that I decided to give it a try. I had to throw together my own version since I was missing at least one ingredient from every recipe I found. A couple of similar recipes you might be interested in can be found here and here.
One-pot spaghetti

One-pot spaghetti

In a large pot, I browned the ground beef with about one cup of bell peppers and one cup of onions. (As I’ve mentioned before, I really only measure out ingredients while baking finicky desserts. Most of the time, I just eyeball measurements.)

Next, I added salt and pepper and a bit of oregano.

Then, I poured in the jar of spaghetti sauce, the water, the diced tomatoes, and the tomato broth. (I did prepare my broth in a separate saucepan. Soo, I guess, technically this is a two-pot meal. Don’t let that hold you back. For not being completely homemade, this spaghetti is delish. Also, I have been known to forego the second pot and adding the Caldo de Tomate to the boiling water in the pot that has the ground beef.) I brought the sauce to a boil.
By the way, the Caldo de Tomate is awesome. I use it in all kinds of dishes, in place of chicken broth. It brings a spiced tomato flavor to the other ingredients.

Finally, I added in the spaghetti (broken in half) and reduced the heat. I cooked the uncovered mixture for about 20 minutes and added a little water two times when it seemed like some of the spaghetti was sticking a bit to the bottom of the pan. By the end, the sauce was thickened up and perfectly balanced with the noodles.

For a quick “one-pot” meal without a true homemade sauce on a work night, this spaghetti was one of the best I’ve had. This is going to become my go-to quick spaghetti recipe.

One-pot spaghetti

One- Pot Spaghetti - Family Favorite - The Gifted Gabber

One-pot spaghetti

Favorite Recipes: One-Pot Spaghetti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

45 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Favorite Recipes: One-Pot Spaghetti

One-pot spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 16 oz thin spaghetti noodles
  • Bertolli Olive Oil and Garlic Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Tomato Broth made from Knorr Caldo de Tomate
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1.25 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 cup bell peppers
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef with about one cup of bell peppers and one cup of onions.
  2. Add salt, pepper and a bit of oregano.
  3. Pour in the jar of spaghetti sauce, the water, the diced tomatoes, and the tomato broth.
  4. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  5. Add in the spaghetti (broken in half) and reduce the heat to a medium simmer.
  6. Cook uncovered for about 20 minutes and add a little water a few times if it seems like some of the spaghetti is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
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