One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – classic spaghetti with meat sauce that comes together in just minutes all in one pan!  

When I was growing up we had spaghetti with meat sauce probably every other week. It was something that I loved.  My mom always made a homemade pasta sauce and sometimes, if my dad had his way it would include meatballs.  Served with Cheesy Garlic Bread and it was my favorite dinner as a kid. 

To this day, spaghetti is one of my go-to comfort foods. But sometimes I don’t have the time to make the sauce and let it simmer and be perfect.  So I love this one pot pasta version for busy weeknights.  It takes about 20 minutes together, has a homemade sauce, and is absolutely delicious. 

A dish filled with pasta


What is One Pot Pasta

One pot pasta is when the pasta, the meat, and the sauce is all cooked in one pan.  You add the pasta to the pan when it is raw and uncooked.  There is enough liquid added to the pan, so it boils and cooks the pasta as the sauce simmers and comes together.  It all comes together in just one pan, so you don’t have to worry about a bunch of dishes to do either!  

You can mix up the flavors and make all sorts of different one pot pastas. I have a TON of them on the blog.  This Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna in another great version. 

A bowl of noodles with sauce

What Do You Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Water
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried Spaghetti
  • Parmesan Cheese

The list looks long because you are making your own sauce, but if you want to take a shortcut you could use a jar of premade sauce and cut down on the ingredients quite a bit.

A plate of pasta on a table

How to Make One Pot Spaghetti

  1. This spaghetti with meat sauce recipe starts by browning the ground beef and onion together until the beef is cooked and the onions are soft.  Add in a little garlic and let it cook until it is fragrant. 
  2. Next add in the tomatoes, the seasoning, water, and spaghetti. You can use any combination of tomato products you want.  I like to use a big can of crushed tomatoes so you get a little tomato texture, but plenty of sauce.  You can use tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes or even a jar of marinara sauce in place of the tomatoes and the spices.  This recipe is super flexible. 
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil and make sure to stir every couple of minutes. You do not want the spaghetti to stick together or it will not cook properly and it will not turn out right.  So just cover and then stir every couple of minutes. 
  4. Once the pasta is cooked top with shredded Parmesan cheese to serve.  You can mix in some if you like it cheesy or just serve it on the top. Either way it is delicious. 
pan of spaghetti topped with cheese

Can you Freeze Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Yes, even though the spaghetti and the meat sauce are already mixed together, you can freeze this.  Make sure it is completely cooled and placed in an air tight container. Thaw in the fridge and then you can reheat. You can reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.  

I love this spaghetti with meat sauce recipe because it makes enough that we can have leftovers for lunch the next day.  Just like any pasta sauce, this is even better the next day!  Makes for such a great lunch. 

Serve with a Tossed Salad or even Olive Garden Breadsticks for a delicious meal!

spaghetti in a pan close up

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One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

By Erin
One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – classic spaghetti with meat sauce that comes together in just minutes all in one pan!  
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 28 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 12 ounces Dry Spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef and onions breaking apart. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the beef is cooked and the onions are soft.
  • Add garlic and let cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, water, all of the spices and seasonings, and spaghetti. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the pasta is cooked, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 778kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1240mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 778
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  1. I made this tonight and it was super tasty! I added beef broth instead of water and some crushed red pepper and we really enjoyed it! My husband is super picky, but he gave his seal of approval! Thanks for the great recipe. It’s definitely going into our dinner rotation.

  2. I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my guys -especially my picky 12 year old. I felt like a real cook making this and proud of the dinner that I served. I grew up (and now at 51 still doing it the same way) where I never made my own sauce. This was SO EASY and really excites me that I branched out from my usual. Thank you for the great recipe!

  3. I would love to try this recipe but I don’t think my family would like the crushed tomatoes is it possible to use tomato sauce or tomato paste with water and if so how would you substitute it