One Pot Spaghetti

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One Pot Spaghetti mixes up saucy pasta and a rich meat sauce all in ONE pot. Few ingredients, but loads of flavor!

Or try my favorite Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe which is also all made in one pot. This Turkey Bolognese is a great alternative if you’d like to use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

One Pot Spaghetti freshly cooked in the pot.

One Pot Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a go-to quick meal for many, but if you’re like me, plain pasta and sauce can sometimes get a bit boring.

I wanted something heartier, but without the long prep time. So, I created a recipe that’s both easy and quick!

This recipe requires fewer ingredients than traditional spaghetti bolognese. Plus, thanks to some store-bought shortcuts, there’s no need to chop vegetables.

It’s a simple, delicious, and hearty meal that everyone will love (and the kids will be begging for seconds)!

All the ingredients in this prepped out for easy assembly.

One Pot Spaghetti Ingredients

  • Olive Oil: Extra virgin for more flavor.
  • Mirepoix: Buy pre-chopped or frozen to make the prep quicker and easier.
  • Garlic & Italian Seasoning: For flavor; I like using jarred minced garlic here to keep things quick and easy.
  • Ground Beef: Lean to keep things less greasy — you won’t need to drain off any extra grease.
  • Tomato Paste: Important to get a good, concentrated flavor.
  • Tomato Sauce: Adds a great flavor that nicely complements the marinara.
  • Marinara: Grab a high-quality brand (like Rao’s) for the best possible flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Or you can use water plus chicken bouillon in a pinch.
  • Spaghetti: I like to break the pasta in half for better fit and easier cooking.

Optional Additions To Add More Flavor:

  • Worcestershire for depth of flavor.
  • Beef bouillon for a stronger “meaty” flavor.
  • Parmesan for flavor and finishing seasoning.
  • Fresh herbs for a nice bright finish. I love adding basil or parsley.

Oil, veggies, ground beef, seasonings, garlic, and paste being added to the pot for this one pot spaghetti.

How To Make One Pot Spaghetti

Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make this recipe; the full recipe is below in the recipe card.

  1. Heat Oil: Warm oil in a pot over medium-high.
  2. Sauté Mirepoix: Cook until softened, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Brown Meat: Add beef, cooking and breaking apart until nicely browned through. 
  4. Add Sauces: Mix in seasoning, tomato paste, garlic, marinara, tomato sauce, and broth. Boil.
  5. Cook Spaghetti: Break in half, stir into sauce for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Finish: Once pasta is just cooked (still a bit firm), remove from heat. As you stir, the pasta will continue to cook and thicken.
  7. Serve: Top with Parmesan and herbs.

One Pot Spaghetti Tips

  • Choose Spaghetti: Other pasta types don’t match the cooking time and the amount of liquid in this recipe.
  • Adjust for Acidity: Add in a teaspoon (or two) of white sugar if the tomatoes are too sour.
  • Manage Saltiness: The recipe includes salted broth, bouillon powder, and Parmesan. Add extra salt only if needed.
  • Measure Spaghetti: Use only 12 ounces, not the entire 16-ounce package, to make sure everything cooks up correctly. If you have a food scale, now is the time to pull it out! 🙂 

Marinara, tomato sauce, broth, and the pasta being added to the pot for this recipe.

What To Serve With One Pot Spaghetti

The the dish ready to be served.



  • Best Fresh: As with most pasta dishes, One Pot Spaghetti is best enjoyed right off the stove!
  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: Up to 3 months; thaw in fridge.
  • Reheat: Any leftovers on the stove with a splash of broth or water to bring back the sauciness.

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One Pot Spaghetti

5 from 4 votes
One Pot Spaghetti mixes up saucy pasta and a rich meat sauce all in ONE pot. Few ingredients, but loads of flavor!
One Pot Spaghetti freshly cooked in the pot.
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One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti freshly cooked in the pot.
5 from 4 votes
One Pot Spaghetti mixes up saucy pasta and a rich meat sauce all in ONE pot. Few ingredients, but loads of flavor!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy, Italian
Keyword one pot spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 652kcal
Cost $9.12


  • 5.5-quart pot



  • VEGGIES: Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add mirepoix, cooking for 6-8 minutes or until veggies are soft. Push veggies to edges of the pan.
  • GROUND BEEF: Add beef in center of pan. Allow it to sear for about 1 min per side, then break it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Continue until the beef is mostly browned, with some pink remaining.
  • SEASONINGS: Mix in the garlic, Italian seasoning, beef bouillon (start with 1 tsp), & tomato paste. Season with pepper; I add 3/4 tsp. Stir and continue to cook until beef is fully browned through.
  • LIQUID: Add marinara, tomato sauce, chicken broth, & Worcestershire. Stir and allow to come to a boil.
  • SPAGHETTI: Break spaghetti in half and submerge it in the liquid. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent pasta sticking. About 8-10 minutes in, reduce the heat to medium to avoid evaporating too much liquid before the pasta is done. (Note 3 for troubleshooting)
  • FINISH: Once the pasta is al dente (slightly firmer than you want), remove the pot from heat. The dish should still be quite saucy. Using tongs, toss the pasta for about a minute until the sauce thickens and pasta is perfectly tender. Taste and adjust seasoning; adding extra 1 tsp bouillon if you feel it needs it.
  • SERVE: Use tongs to dish up plates, grating Parmesan cheese with a microplane directly on top. Sprinkle parsley or basil on plates if desired. Enjoy immediately.


Recipe Notes

Note 1:Mirepoix is a mix of finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots, available fresh or frozen. If unavailable, substitute with 1 large finely diced onion or the following (finely diced): 3/4 cup onion, 1/3 cup celery, & 1/3 cup carrot.
Note 2: Liquid is depending on 12 oz. regular spaghetti being used. Use a food scale (if possible) to be precise here!
Note 3: Troubleshooting:
  • Sauce Soaked Up & Pasta Not Tender? Lower the heat slightly. Add extra broth if needed.
  • Sauce Not Soaking In? Increase the heat.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 1579mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1261IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 7mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.


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  1. I made this tonight for dinner and my family really liked it. It may have been a little too tomatoish for us. Would you recommend lessening the purée or paste?
    Other than that, it was delicious and the directions were spot on!

    1. So glad it was enjoyed! For a less intense tomato flavor, I would just leave out the paste for next time 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I used veggie noodles and this was the most vegetables my toddlers have eaten ever. I was soo happy. I used crushed blended tomates…mistake because I could tell. They couldn’t!

  3. 5 stars
    Our family likes looking for new recipes to cook or grill, and your One Pot Spaghetti looks like one of the best dishes we’ve seen, and different from the tradional dishes. We will be trying it soon and you have so many other delicious dishes to try. Thanks for sharing!

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