I've used this recipe for one-pot spaghetti with meat sauce for years (you know, for those times when I'm eating meat with my spaghetti). It has been delicious every time. Lately I've seen a whole host of all kinds of one-pot pasta recipes floating around. And I've tried a couple. But they have been uniformly disappointing. Although the flavor may be there, the sticky starchiness was so off-putting to me. But this recipe is perfect--a good ratio of homemade sauce and meat to perfectly done noodles, without any of that starchy goopiness. We really should be making this one more often!
One-Pot Spaghetti in Meat Sauce
(adapted from Recipe Shoebox)
1/2 pound ground beef, turkey, or sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans (6 ounces) tomato paste
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth
3 cups water
1 box (12 ounces) spaghetti, broken
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1) In a large pot, cook the ground beef until meat is cooked through; drain excess grease. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is tender.
2) Stir in the oregano, basil, pepper, tomato paste, broth, and water. Bring to a boil.
3) Add the broken spaghetti a little at a time, stirring constantly, and return to boiling. Stirring frequently, boil gently, uncovered, for 17-20 minutes of until spaghetti is tender and sauce is desired consistency. The longer it cooks, the thicker the sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!