This One Pot
Table of Contents
- Why You’ll Love This Spaghetti with Ground Beef Recipe
- What Do I Need to Make Ground Beef Spaghetti?
- Should I Use Ground Beef or Ground Chuck for Spaghetti?
- What’s the Difference Between Spaghetti Sauce, Marinara Sauce, and Pizza Sauce?
- Flavor Add-Ins and Variations
- Simple Steps for the Easiest Spaghetti Recipe with Ground Beef
- Tips for Success
- What Goes with One Pot Spaghetti with Ground Beef?
- How to Store and Reheat
- Common Questions About This One Pot Spaghetti with Ground Beef
- More One Pot Recipes
- One Pot Spaghetti Recipe with Ground Beef Recipe
Why You’ll Love This
Spaghetti with Ground Beef Recipe
If you know us, you know we’re massive fans of one pot meals, and with recipes like our One Pot Parmesan Pasta, One Pot Mac and Cheese, One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese, we’ve got endless options to choose from. However, this easy
Filling and flavorful, it’s loved by kids and adults alike! After all, with tender
As if that wasn’t convincing enough, this recipe:
- Comes together with minimal ingredients you probably already have on hand.
- Requires minimal prep time, has a quick cook time, and requires a total time of less than 30 minutes.
- Stores well and tastes even better the next day.
- Can be enjoyed on its own or paired with all your favorite sides and appetizers.
- Is super versatile and can easily be bulked up with extra spices and ingredients to satisfy all your cravings and dietary needs.
What Do I Need to Make Ground Beef
As mentioned, this one pot
- Spaghetti – We use regular wheat
spaghettinoodles, but you could also opt for whole grain or gluten-free noodles if you prefer.
- Beef – We prefer to use a slightly fattier beef such as an 80/20% cut for a bit more flavor, but whatever you like best tastes great.
- Onion – Once cooked, onions caramelize and add a slightly sweet flavor that cuts the acidity of the pasta sauce, making for the most incredible
- Seasonings – In order to enhance the rest of the ingredients, we included garlic cloves, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper. You could also substitute a premade Italian seasoning blend instead.
- Pasta Sauce – To save time, we use a store-bought marinara sauce, but feel free to make your own!
- Beef Stock – We use this in place of water to infuse the noodles with a rich, savory flavor.
Should I Use Ground Beef or Ground Chuck for
Ground beef is ground chuck! At least in percentages of 80/20, which we recommend for this
If you want to use leaner ground beef, you can. Just note that your
What’s the Difference Between
Spaghetti Sauce, Marinara Sauce, and Pizza Sauce?
- Spaghetti sauce (also known as pasta sauce) is typically made with crushed tomatoes and includes basic seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder. As a result, it has a fairly thin consistency and can easily be adjusted to suit your flavor preferences.
- Pizza sauce is made with pureed tomatoes that create a sort of paste. Unlike other sauces, pizza sauce is almost always cooked on a crust of sorts instead of being used as a dip or to coat pasta and other ingredients.
- Marinara sauce is made with peeled, finely chopped tomatoes that are blended into smooth chunks but not completely pureed. It is often infused with roasted garlic and cooked over simmering heat.
Note: Marinara sauce is often referred to as pizza sauce, but they aren’t the same things!
Flavor Add-Ins and Variations
If you want to get a little creative in the kitchen, feel free to experiment with different ingredient add-ins and variations such as:
- Using ground turkey or sausage instead of beef.
- Adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicier
- Sautéeing chopped veggies such as onions and mushrooms along with the beef for a super nutritious dinner.
- Incorporating crushed tomatoes for a chunkier texture.
Simple Steps for the Easiest
Spaghetti Recipe with Ground Beef
Gone are the days of dirtying up several pots and pans trying to brown your beef, cook your sauce, and boil your pasta. Once you make this one pot
- Brown the Beef. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and brown the meat until it is no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Combine the Ingredients. Drain any excess fat, and add the onion, garlic, and seasonings. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the mixture is fragrant. Then, add the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer. Reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer until the noodles are al dente and the sauce has thickened.
- Enjoy! Divide your
spaghettiwith beef into bowls or plates, add plenty of Parmesan cheese, and dig in while it’s warm.
Tips for Success
Just when you thought this recipe couldn’t get any simpler, we’ve got you covered with extra tips and tricks to guarantee you always have success!
- Simmer and Stir. Set the pot over medium-low heat, and stir it frequently as the ingredients cook so nothing burns. You want the liquid to come to a gentle simmer to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Use a Heavy-Bottomed Pot. Using a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven will help distribute the heat more evenly, preventing the ingredients from burning and helping them cook evenly.
- Adjust the Consistency. Feel free to adjust the consistency of the sauce to your liking. For instance, to thicken the sauce, you can stir in a slurry of equal parts cornstarch and water. Or, to thin it out, add a bit more water or broth.
- Add Sugar. Be sure to give your
spaghettiwith beef a taste test! If it has more acidity than you like, stir in a pinch of sugar, and taste it again.
What Goes with One Pot
Spaghetti with Ground Beef?
Of course, you can never go wrong with
- Greek salad
- A side of chickpea hummus and pita bread
- Cucumber and tomato salad
- Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Cheesy Garlic Knots
How to Store and Reheat
This ground beef
- To Store: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container, and keep them stored in the fridge for up to two days.
- To Freeze: Allow your
spaghettito cool completely. Then, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, and keep it frozen for up to three months.
- To Reheat: Let your
spaghettithaw in the fridge overnight. Then, warm leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat.
Common Questions About This One Pot
Spaghetti with Ground Beef
This recipe is full of flavor! However, to make any
In general, ground chuck is usually considered the best type of beef for
There are seven easy ways to thicken spaghetti sauce! For example, you can let it simmer longer, add a roux, add cornstarch, or add different ingredients like meat and veggies.
Sure! Cook the ground chicken just as you would brown the beef before incorporating the rest of your ingredients, adjusting the cooking time as needed.
We don’t recommend it, because you’ll still have to cook the ingredients separately. However, we do have this slow cooker ground beef pasta recipe you might like!
Sure! Stir it into the pot near the end of cooking, incorporating as much of the cream cheese as you can. Be careful not to let it get too hot, or it will curdle!
We do, but you don’t have to! Some people prefer to keep the fat for the extra flavor it adds.
You want to leave the lid off in order to allow the sauce to thicken. The exposure to air is crucial for the reduction process!
Any you like best! Fresh basil or oregano taste great.
Absolutely! Brown them before adding the rest of the ingredients, and follow the recipe instructions as usual.
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One Pot Spaghetti Recipe with Ground Beef
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound pot-sized spaghetti noodles
- 4 cups low-sodium beef stock
- 16 ounces good quality pasta sauce
- Optional: Parmesan cheese for topping
- Set a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat on the stove. Add the beef, and cook until no longer pink, breaking it apart as it cooks.1 pound lean ground beef
- Drain the fat.
- Add the onion, garlic, and seasonings. Stir until fragrant.1 large onion, 3 garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Add the remaining ingredients (dry spaghetti noodles, beef stock, and sauce), and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 16-18 minutes or until noodles are al dente and the sauce has thickened.1 pound pot-sized spaghetti noodles, 4 cups low-sodium beef stock, 16 ounces good quality pasta sauce
- Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired.Optional: Parmesan cheese for topping
- Store in the fridge for up to two days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.