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You only need one pot for the easiest spaghetti with meat sauce ever

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

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Too many pots and pans to wash after a spaghetti dinner? I've got you covered with this one-pot, complete (and yummy) meal.

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Whittle down the time you spend washing up after a typical spaghetti dinner. Try this recipe for one-pot spaghetti and meat sauce and prepare everything in a Dutch oven or large pot. That's right. One pot.

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I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about what I'd end up with for dinner by trying this prep method. How could it be possible that I didn't have to boil the pasta in water? My skepticism was eliminated after I twirled up and tasted a forkful of this spaghetti with meat sauce. And to my joy, cleanup was a breeze.

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One-pot spaghetti with meat sauce recipe

Serves 4

Recipe inspired by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet peppers, seeds and membrane removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • Fresh basil as garnish (optional)
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, shaved, as garnish (optional)


  1. Add the ground beef to a Dutch oven (or large pot) over medium heat. Cook until done, then drain, and return the ground beef to the pot.
  2. Add the onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, black pepper, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, diced tomatoes in juice, tomato sauce and water. Mix to combine.
  3. Increase the heat to high to bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add the spaghetti and cook until it softens slightly (just a minute or so). Add the lid, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the spaghetti is tender and cooked to your liking.
  5. Serve in individual bowls garnished with the basil and shaved cheese.

Who doesn't love a one-pot meal?

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