One-Pot Spaghetti

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It always cracks me up when I ask my family for suggestions of what to add to my dinner menus each week and invariably someone always says spaghetti.  Me?  I'm not such a spaghetti fan myself, but I do like to make things that my family will actually eat.  This recipe took spaghetti to a whole new level of simplicity...with everything cooking all in the same pot.  At first my kids were wary of the noodles being in the sauce instead of underneath it, but their hesitancy was short-lived once they actually tasted it.  Serve this up with some crusty bread and a green salad and you've got a great, well-rounded meal!  Enjoy! 


Source:  Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
 Click here for printable recipe. 


The ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef or ground sausage (I used a 1/2 lb. each of beef and sausage)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large can (32-ounces) chicken broth (4 cups)
3 cups water
2 cans (6-ounces each) tomato paste
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 box (12-ounces) dried spaghetti, broken
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:  In a large saucepan cook the ground beef and/or sausage, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender.  Drain. 

Stir in the broth, water, tomato paste, oregano, basil, and pepper.  Bring to boiling.  Add the broken spaghetti, a little at a time, stirring constantly.  Return to boiling; reduce heat.  Boil gently, uncovered, for 17-20 minutes or until spaghetti is tender and sauce is of the desired consistency, stirring frequently.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy! 




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2 comments:

Sila Lumenn May 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

My family would eat spaghetti every day if I let them. I've even stopped asking what they want for dinner unless I have a list of meals to choose from because I never get any other answer. As a result, I'm always looking for ways to change up a tired classic. I can't wait to try this one on them. Thanks!

Kim May 25, 2011 at 4:57 PM  

Spaghetti is my husband and daughter's favorite. They just can't get enough of it. I've often thought about cooking it this way, but wasn't sure if it would work. This is definitely one that I'd like to try!

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