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One Pot Spaghetti

This easy One Pot Spaghetti Recipe is a delicious dinner that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

One Pot Spaghetti Recipe

If you have read my site for long you know that I love quick and easy recipes. I love to cook and spend all day in the kitchen, but the reality is that my day to day recipes need to be quick and easy.

I first heard about one pot spaghetti when Laura at Organizing Junkie had a recipe for it on her menu plan.

I was intrigued with the idea, but I knew it needed to be adapted to fit my family’s likes and tastes. That was over ten years ago.

Long time readers might remember when I first shared this recipe way back in 2010. It has been a favorite with my family and readers since then.

One Pot Spaghetti Recipe

In the time since I first shared this recipe, one pot spaghetti and one pot recipes have gained in popularity. Cooking dinner in one pot makes not only the cooking part easy, but also the clean up.

The fewer dishes that we have to wash the better! 

Ten years ago I took the basic idea, and changed quite a few things to make it fit our needs and tastes. 

This recipe has become a reader favorite since I first shared it years ago.

Quick and easy recipes that use basic ingredients are what most of us need for busy weeknight dinners. I can see why so many readers have loved this recipe. 

Since I still make this recipe all the time I decided it was time for a quick update. The actual recipe is still the same. I make it the same way I made it ten years ago. The pictures though were long overdue for an update thought. 

I love hearing from long time readers, so if you have made my One Pot Spaghetti Recipe before I would love to hear your thoughts. You can rate the recipe or leave a comment letting me know. 

One Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Ingredients Needed For One Pot Spaghetti

  • Ground Beef or SausageEither one works. Use what you have or can get on sale. 
  • Spaghetti SauceThe original recipe I saw years ago had you using tomato paste and water, this would work, but I thought I would get much better flavor from using a jar of spaghetti sauce. A jar of spaghetti sauce makes it easy and flavorful. Plus I almost always have a jar of spaghetti sauce on hand. 
  • MushroomsI also changed it and used fresh mushrooms instead of canned, you can leave the mushrooms out all together if you don’t like them.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Water
  • Spaghetti- Gluten free pasta works
  • Parmesan Cheese – Optional but really good. 

Can I Make One Pot Spaghetti Gluten Free?

Yes, you can. I make it gluten free all the time. Use your favorite gluten free pasta and read labels to be sure your ingredients are gluten free and you will have an easy one pot gluten free dinner. 

Yield: 8 servings

One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti Recipe

One Pot Spaghetti is a quick and easy dinner. It uses basic ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes or less.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef or sausage
  • 8 ounce fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth (or homemade)
  • 1 - 26 ounce (or so) jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Β½ cup water
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken into pieces, gluten free pasta works great for a gluten free version
  • ΒΌ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan cook meat and onion until onion is tender and meat is browned.
  2. Drain any fat off and return to pan.
  3. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms are tender.
  4. Add broth, spaghetti sauce, and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add noodles and reduce heat.
  6. Cover and cook 17-20 minutes or until noodles are tender. You will need to stir this occasionally and add more water if necessary. Some brands of pasta, especially gluten free pasta may need an extra 1/4 cup or so of water as it cooks.
  7. Stir in Parmesan cheese if using.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


To make this gluten free use gluten free pasta and read labels to be sure the ingredients are gluten free.

Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 2258mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 10gSugar: 23gProtein: 28g
Originally posted November 2010. Updated March 2020. 


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  1. This looks great! I love the addition of chicken broth – i’ve never used this in a spaghetti!

  2. Holly Fink says

    This is a keeper! Easy fast and whole family loved it πŸ™‚

  3. I have seen a similar recipe before and knew that my family would not like the tomato paste and water version. Didn’t think of using a jar of spaghetti sauce. Tried your recipe last night and LOVED it. AND only one pot to clean!!!! This will be a regular in my house. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  4. I never thought to do this. I would think it would come out really soggy but it looks great. Adding it to my list of things to try!

  5. Quick, easy, and really tasty! Another hit, Lynn– thanks!

  6. This is one of my family’s FAVORITE dinners!! I LOVE it as it’s sooo easy to make & only 1 pot to clean πŸ˜‰ GREAT recipe!!

  7. Redaphrodite999 says

    I made something very similar to this today. In fact I have used the beef, onion, garlic, parmesan but I used tomatoes and oregano and parsley instead of the ready made pasta sauce. Ready made pasta sauce usually has these herbs in as well. What I put in differently was half to 3/4 cup of red wine and it made an incredible difference. Red wine goes really well with parmesan and garlic I think.

  8. Thanks for posting this… I am presently making this for dinner… minus the ‘shrooms because we are out of them, cant wait to make it with ‘shrooms next time! πŸ™‚

  9. Can you do this meatless- and double the mushrooms?

    • I have never tried it, but I think it would work fine. The important part of this is the liquid to pasta ratio so that the pasta cooks right, so changing up the meat should work. I hope you enjoy it.

  10. WOW! My husband is a big pasta eater and always favored my mothers pasta over mine :-(. Well not anymore!!!!
    He absolutely loves it, as do Myself and my kids! Unbelievably good. I can’t wait to try it with penne or different noodles! I will never boil noodles again to make spaghetti! Thanks again!

  11. We absolutely love this dish! It’s my go-to for spaghetti night, not only because it’s delicious, but because cleanup is a breeze!

    Query: When I make this for my family of 2 & 1/2 (1/2 is the super picky toddler who usually eats a few strands and no more), I always have plenty of leftovers. But I’m planning on making this for a group of 8-9 and was wondering if you think the recipe will stretch as is, or if I should double it to err on the side of caution.

    Thanks so much!

    • I would double it, just make sure your pot is big enough. πŸ™‚ This recipe makes enough for my family of 5 with usually enough for my husband for lunch the next day, so I think you would need to at least 1 1/2 it for that many. And I am so glad that you enjoy it!

  12. Could this be cooked in the crock pot? If so, how long would you recommend? I know you probably haven’t made it that way before so just a guestimate would be helpful, too. Thanks!

    • I am not sure if it would work or not. I think the texture might not be the same. If you tried it I wouldn’t think it would need more than 4 hrs or so. I would love to hear how it works if you try it.

  13. Loved this reminded me of my school lunch , family also loved it

  14. Has this been tried with gluten free pasta?

    • Yes, I have made it many times with a gluten free corn rice blend pasta and it works fine. My main suggestion though making it with gluten free pasta is to watch it the first time. Every gluten free pasta is slightly different so the cooking time and amount of liquid may vary slightly. So when you try it just watch it because it may need a little more liquid or it may need a little more or less cooking time. I hope that helps and that you enjoy it!


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