One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Stove-Top recipe)

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! Made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

A few weeks ago I shared this easy Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce using jarred marinara sauce and turkey instead of beef. Tons of questions if it could be made on the stove, so of course to answer those questions I had to test it on the stove for the timing of the pasta. I wanted to make the meat sauce in this version from scratch and was craving beef in my sauce, but of course you can make this with turkey and jarred sauce if you wish! This has become a family favorite in my house.

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

BTW, I swear by Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes (green label) when I make my sauce from scratch! You can’t make a bad sauce with them unlike other brands that tend to be acidic and need lots of doctoring. Bonus, they are also non-gmo and use a non-bpa liner in the cans.

How To Make One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

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This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!
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One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Stove-Top recipe)

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377 Cals 23.5 Protein 43.5 Carbs 10.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American, Italian
This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 90% ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can, 28 ounces crushed tomatoes, I love Tuttorosso
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 torn basil leaves, plus optional more for garnish
  • 8 ounces wheat or gluten-free spaghetti, broken in half (I love Delallo)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, optional for serving

Instructions

  • Heat a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over high heat. (If your pot is not heavy, the sauce may burn.)
  • When hot add the beef and salt and cook, breaking up about 3 minutes.
  • Add the onions, and garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, black pepper, water and basil and stir, add the spaghetti, making sure the liquid covers everything without stirring.
  • Cover and cook medium-low heat (do not open) until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked, about 17 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve topped with grated cheese if desired!

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Notes

I used thin spaghetti, pasta time may vary depending on the shape and brand.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 43.5g, Protein: 23.5g, Fat: 10.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 58.5mg, Sodium: 567mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6.5g
Blue Smart Points: 8
Green Smart Points: 8
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 9
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183 comments

  1. My family and I really enjoy this recipe. For those saying that is was flavorless, I’ve learned to always add extra seasonings to recipes. Added Italian seasoning as well as garlic seasoning and onion powder. Comes out delicious! I always double the recipe, and the noodles do end up clumpy, but nothing stirring and leaving it on the stove (heat off) for a few, extra minutes can’t fix. Turns out delicious! 

  2. Can this recipe be doubled and if so, do I double the time as well?? I only assume to double the time since there will be more liquid. Thanks to whoever can answer! Greatly appreciate it 🙂

  3. I make this with hot Italian chicken sausage and use chicken broth instead of water.  Use one whole onion and Italian seasoning.  But great base recipe. 

  4. This was so good and easy!

  5. Loved this recipe!! I don’t have a dishwasher so I’m all about the “one pot” thing when I can! My only small issue was my spaghetti clumped together and because the recipe said not to open the lid I didn’t know until it was done. Not a huge deal and still edible! Next time I will be sure to spread the spaghetti out more when I put it in! 

  6. My noodles were all stuck together. The sauce was great but the noodles not so much. I used the gluten free spaghetti and broke in half. What did I do wrong? 

  7. I was quite impressed with this recipe. It was super easy and had more flavour than I expected. 
    I couldn’t figure out the pasta conversion from dry oz to grams (I’m in Canada). Online calculators gave me 100g which is impossible for 5 servings, so I used about 360g and adjusted points. This gaves about 7-8 servings, I’d say. One to be repeated for sure!

  8. Has anyone made this with penne? How long would the cooking time be? Penne is much easier for my kids to eat.

  9. I used my cast iron dutch oven for the first time with this recipe and it was perfect! I loved that the cooking times were accurate even with gluten free pasta!

  10. Can u use dry basil if you don’t have fresh 

  11. I make this at least once a week and we love it. It’s easy to cook and clean, and always a winner in our household. I do jazz it up every time by adding variety of vegetables and handful of spinach in the end.

  12. I add oregano and garlic powder.. right at the end I shake some chili powder in.. sounds crazy but yum. We love love this recipe is so good

  13. I made this many time and it is delicious and easy! I’m now on WW (green) and I plugged this into the calculator using the calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein. Not sure why it came out to be 11 pts instead of 8 pts. Any idea why? Won’t stop be from making and enjoying it! Thank you! 😋

    • I had the same thing happen!

    • You need to build it in the recipe builder to get the correct points. I did it that way and came out with 8 for Green and Blue. I believe that is what Gina uses when coming up with points, not just the calculator. as I have seen a lot of people with this issue on other recipes also just using the calculator so it’s always best to plug into the recipe builder to confirm. Hope that helps!

  14. I lovelovelove this site and your recipes. That being said, this was pretty flavorless, I fear. Trying to figure out how to make it taste more like something. I may end up trying this out with a bottle of no-sugar tomato basil sauce. Wonder whether I’d still add the 2c of water for the spaghetti…Probably.

    Loved the ease of the recipe. Just not the results. Luckily, there are loads more recipes to try!!

  15. Not to be “that” person, but when I plugged this into the recipe builder is comes to 5 points rather than 3 for WW purple. Not sure why there is a difference? Still not bad for spaghetti!!

  16. Quick, easy, and kid-friendly!

  17. Made this tonight! It was so delicious! Thanks for another great and quick dinner!

  18. I would like to double this recipe. Should I just double all of the ingredients? 

  19. Really enjoyed this simple recipe!! Used ground turkey instead of ground beef, super yummy !!!

  20. Some times my kids like spaghetti and some times they don’t, but they loved this! It was just the right portion for us 4. Very good!

  21. Easy, fast, yummy recipe! not too much chopping. I doubled the onions, used ground turkey, added 3 sweet turkey Italian sausages to the meat mixture. also added some ground garlic, onion & some dried Italian seasonings to both meat & sauce. had parsley on hand so chopped that with the basil. I stirred it a couple times & didn’t have a problem with pasta sticking together. took maybe 30 minutes to cook for me. A keeper.

  22. I like my sauce thicker so I added some paste and hot pepper flakes for a kick.  I also used bucatini. It was wonderful. Hubby loved it,

  23. Made this for dinner. Used 1 lb. organic pork, extra lean, a whole sweet onion, a whole red pepper, 28 oz. fresh tomatoes crushed up with the Pampered Chef mix/chop, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. dried basil, 8 oz. Blue Menu whole grain wheat spaghettini. Forgot the set a timer but when I took the lid off, it just needed a minute or two on the stove, no lid & it was absolutely perfect! We are already planning on having it next weekend! Thanks Gina for a wonderful & versatile recipe!

  24. Best spaghetti I’ve ever made! Mine took about 20 mins and was perfect. My daughter gobbled it up too. Thank you!

  25. I may end up boiling the noodles and not adding the extra water in the sauce. I found that the noodles didn’t have a good texture, kina gluey, and clumped together.

    if any one has any suggestions to keep them from sticking that would be awesome.

  26. Just made this using what I had & cooking for 2.
    No onion, so I used a Pepper- Onion Frozen mix that I use in tacos.
    It turned out great. Love the ONE POT METHOD.
    Passing it on to my daughter.
    L.

  27. I really enjoyed this recipe! I love spaghetti dinners but admittedly was getting bored with just cooking pasta in water and throwing ragu on top. This definitely had a homemade taste to it and I liked that it was super easy to make from scratch.

    Definitely putting this one in the arsenal! Thank you!  John

  28. Good morning Gina! Any thoughts on best way to adapt this recipe for in a crockpot? Thought this might be an easy recipe to let cook while helping my college son and roommates move into their off campus apartment. Thank you!

  29. Has anyone tried adding mushrooms to this recipe? Did it work well?

  30. Do the leftovers freeze well?

  31. Gina!!….how DO you do it???!! Fantastic, healthy recipes that we all love. Day after day, week after week! Sheesh gurrrlll!!

  32. Sounds delicious. If I double pasta should I double water?

  33. I used a little more pasta and added some wine for a richer flavor and tomato paste. My husband who doesn’t really like pasta absolutely loved it. It was so easy and delicious! I’ll definitely be making it again!

  34. I’ve always wanted to try a one pot pasta recipe, but was skeptical of them until I saw this one, with all of it’s high reviews. I’m disappointed, but I’m willing to make it again, with adjustments. 

    As with others, I had to cook my pasta for nearly 30 minutes. I also had to add another 2 cups of water, because the sauce was so thick and was burning on the bottom of my Dutch oven. Obviously, this diluted the flavor of the sauce. 

    My kids liked it and this was the first time they’ve had meat sauce, so I will make adjustments and try it again. 

    • Great, as with any pasta, they vary in time, so it is possible your pasta needed extra. Also, I like my pasta more on the al dente side, you may not?

    • Andrea, 
      I used half the thin whole wheat pasta & half the water, cooked in 17 minutes after the water came to a boil. 
      Keep in mind different altitudes changes the cooking time as well.
      Linda 

  35. This turned out really well! I used regular spaghetti and cooked longer by about 10 minutes as advised in other comments. 
    Also added a bay leaf and about a tsp of tomato paste. 
    At the end it was very saucy, so could’ve added more than 8oz of pasta, however the sauce tasted really great. I also used a higher fat ground beef because that’s what I had on hand.

  36. I’ve been using your recipes for three years. They taught me that eating healthy can actually taste great & by learning that I ended up losing 80lbs!

    This recipe has become a weekly staple in my home because it’s so easy & my two very picky boys love it!

  37. So good & easy to make especially for weeknight meal. I love it is all cooks in one pot . I been cooking several of your recipes and love the ones that are Gluten Free.

  38. The sauce was delicious. I will make this again. I used whole wheat past which was a little gluten-ey and stuck together. After I made the dish this past weekend, I bought your recommended gluten free pasta Delallo from Amazon so will try this again with the gluten free to see if it makes a difference. Nevertheless was absolutely delicious. Love your Recipes. Thanks so much for all you are doing. I have lost 7 pounds in about a month following your meal plan. I am hooked.

  39. Gina – YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! I am never making spaghetti any other way. Made this exactly as posted except I used 96/4 ground beef, and it was so easy & delish. Everyone’s plates were clean.

  40. This was very good; the only thing I changed was I added some paste to thicken the sauce.

  41. What if we use penne instead of spaghetti? Same amount of water?

  42. My little guy has been very sick all weekend and when asked what he would eat for dinner he asked for mommy’s “sketty”. I found out last week I’m a celiac and so my Pioneer Woman recipe was a no-go. I was pleased as pie when I logged on to skinny taste and her new meal plan included one pot spaghetti. I married the two recipes by adding all the oregano, basil, parsley, chili pepper, etc (I even threw in diced carrots and a bell pepper). Then, I tossed in my new gluten free rice spaghetti and it all flopped. The rice clumped up and turned sticky and pasty. 
    Little man loved it, bless his little poor little taste buds, the rest of us played in it then threw it out. Long story…I think this would have been delicious…but I need a better gluten free pasta. Any advice?

  43. OMG!!! This spaghetti and easy.. no baby sitting water. And it was DELICIOUS!!!! I had to have a small second helping it was so good. I did add a table spoon of tomato paste and seasoned the meat with dried oregano.

    Thanks for another great recipe. My roomies don’t know they’ve been eating healthier.

  44. This was a huge hit in my household! The only issue I had was that I had to cook it for about 27 minutes because the pasta wasn’t done and it seemed a bit too watery. But 27 minutes was perfect and my husband (who is a super picky eater) said the sauce was better than anything you can buy from a jar! Thanks for this easy, delicious recipe! Love your site!

  45. Hi Gina,

    can I use chickpea pasta?

  46. This has become a go-to in our house!! I use 96% lean meat to help even more with the points, but this is a keeper!! My husband got mad at me the last time I made it because I ate all of the leftovers the next day for lunch *and* dinner. Sorry not sorry? Thanks for another great recipe, Gina!!

  47. Tried this recipe and was amazed at how easy and tasteful it was. Since there are only two in our family we did have leftovers which is fine since it tasted great the second time around.

  48. My kids favorite dinner.  It’s requested by name.  Should totally think about a kids cook book. 

  49. Just got a instant pot. Don’t know what settings to put on. Or.in crock pot.

  50. It is even better if you substitute the water for chicken broth. Yum!

  51. I tried this tonight! I used Italian sausage instead, and I didn’t have crushed tomatoes but I used a jar of spaghetti sauce and a couple cans of tomato sauce. Also rotini noodles. There’s a lot of ways to change it up and make it more of a preferred taste. Very good

  52. Managed to scorch the bottom of my le Creuset Dutch oven and had to add beef stock and extra tomatoes to actually cover the pasta without losing flavor. Still pretty bland and took almost 30 minutes to actually cook the pasta.

  53. LOVE this recipe.  I have a 9 month old and a 4 year and so this is something I can easily accomplish when I’m home alone with them.  There are only a few steps, not a lot to chop or prepare so I can do this with tiny humans clinging to me.  Plus, even better my kids will eat it!  I love it too and so does my hubby.  

  54. This was a big hit in my house, especially with my pickiest eater who actually asked me to make it again soon! Harty meal and very fast and what a busy house needs

  55. Hi..hope some one sees this to answer me but in Canada our pasta is in grams so what is 12 oz of spaghetti noodles? Thank you so much, making this tonight.

  56. I was going to go out to buy ravioli’s with a meat sauce, but after seeing this, I am going to try this with ravioli’s. Wish me luck 🙂

  57. This is the best!! Easy and delicious. Had all the ingredients and it went together and was done so quick.
    A big yum!!

  58. This turned out awful:(. I’m not sure what I did wrong. The whole wheat spaghetti was crunchy on the inside and glue consistency on the outside. I had to throw in the trash. Very disappointed

  59. Made this recipe last night. My husband who is not enthusiastic about most pasta recipes enjoyed it very much as did I. Amazing how it turned out “just right”.

  60. This was so quick and delicious. The whole family loved it!!!

  61. The pasta was not cooked after 20 min so I added more water and cooked for another 15 minutes. The sauce tasted a little sour to me. The next day for leftovers it was so dry that I ended up adding jar sauce. I wonder what I did wrong.

    • I ended up cooking it for 27-29 minutes, no extra water added, and it turned out perfect. Also I added some italian seasoning and plenty of pepper. Hope this helps!

  62. Do you think I could use a regular tomato sauce without chunks of tomato? (I love tomato sauce but I have actual tomatoes 🙂

  63. The link to the instant pot recipe is broken, remove the admin. from the beginning

  64. Loved this one!!!  So easy and so delicious!!  I’m on Weight Watchers and have been avoiding pasta. This recipe is going into my regular rotation!  My husband loved it too!!  We’ve got herbs growing in our windowsill and was able to throw in oregano, rosemary and basil. Even my husband loved it!!

  65. If I double the pasta to 16 oz and up the water to 4 cups, do you think that would be fine? Three boys and a husband over here so 8 oz of pasta won’t cut it…even with a generous side salad served. 😉

  66. This is beyond a 5 start…..I have shared this with many friends and they all love it. Used the Instant Pot and sued Bucatini for the pasta and was superb! I so love this website!!!!

  67. I love the simplicity of this recipe! However, I felt it needed more taste. I may add sausage next time and see if that adds more flavor. I would be interested in what other added to give it more flavor. 

  68. This is a fantastic spaghetti recipe – my entire family loved it! We were fighting over leftovers the next day. As a bonus, the one pot method is even easier than the way I would have made my traditional spaghetti recipe. So good!

  69. This was, indeed, very quick, very easy, and very tasty. Thank you!

  70. Excellent. My favorite part? Cleanup was a breeze! 

  71. Gina, thanks for the recipe. I notice you don’t use tomato paste in your tomato-based soups and sauces. Any reason?

  72. Gina, the Instant Pot recipe that I have from you for one-pot spaghetti with meat sauce calls for ground turkey and slightly different ingredients.   I’m assuming the same method and times for the IP works with either the ground beef or ground turkey Ingredient list?  Am I missing an IP recipe from you with ground beef?  Horrors!!!

  73. Made this for dinner today. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this, but I have never been disappointed in any recipes I’ve tried. This did not disappoint!!! The longer it sits, the better it tastes! Thanks Gina for another great recipe!!!

  74. Just cooked this dish. Great taste but kind of sticky texture. 
    Any idea what goes wrong?

  75. How do you keep the pasta from clumping if it’s not being stired?

  76. Very delicious and easy to make. Who doesn’t love a one pot meal?

  77. Hands down, one of our all time faves. My kids have NEVER liked sauce with any meat in it until this recipe. Now they request it! Gina’s method is foolproof, the spaghetti is perfectly cooked and doesn’t stick. No other IP pasta recipe I’ve tried works like this one! 

  78. Obsessed with this spaghetti dish, and so quick to pull together after a long day at work. I make it a few times a month ~ great for leftovers too

  79. Love the one pot!  Excellent flavor too!  Wish I could have found the crushed tomatoes you were were talking about. Next time….because there WILL be a a next time!  Thank you!

  80. For some reason, this recipe is showing up as 11 points in the new WW system when using the nutrition calculator. Is it really supposed to be 8 freestyle points?

    • The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting 0 points foods such as eggs, chicken, fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

      The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”)

  81. Hi Gina,
    Would it be okay to season the meat with Sazon for more flavor? Thank you! I absolutely love SkinnyTaste.

  82. i will admit that I was skeptical but made this tonight and it was great also got a thumbs up from the family! YUMMM

  83. if I have garlic can I use something like garlic or powder

  84. So good, so fast and easy!  I make it similar but I’ve never put the noodles in the sauce like this.  It worked really well!  I’ve been making your recipes for most meals lately and this one was a hit!  

  85. This has become one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight meals! I don’t eat meat, though, so I sub the meat for Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef. My meat loving boyfriend says there’s no point in even trying it with meat, because it cooks up so well with the beef substitute!

  86. Loved this very easy one pot spaghetti.  I followed your recipe exactly and it was wonderful.  I put the hot spaghetti on a bed of zoodles so did not need a cup and a half.  It was so quick.  Next time I might add a little Italian seasoning as others have mentioned, maybe even a bit of red pepper flakes.  
    As usual, this is a keeper recipe!  Thanks Gina!!!  You have helped me maintain my weight loss.  After Thanksgiving my husband asked when we would have a Skinny Gina dinner.  (He is supportive even though he does not need to loose any weight.  I usually give him large portions of your creations and he is a happy camper!)

  87. This looks so easy and good! 2 questions I haven’t seen answered: is there a step to drain the meat or since the beef is very lean is that even necessary? Also, once the pasta goes in, is there a need to stir it as to not stick? Can’t wait to try this.

  88. Love love this recipe I made the cheddar biscuits as a side . So good ????

  89. Hi Gina,

    I’ve been cooking off of your website for a long time, and this recipe has to be one of my favorites! So easy to put together and my husband and kids LOVE it! It’s already becoming a staple in our supper roatation. Thank you for all your hard work!

  90. I’m in round 3 of Weight Watchers and was in search for a family friendly spaghetti recipe. I will admit I was sceptical at first simply because I don’t prefer my pasta mixed in with my sauce boy was I wrong. We absolutely loved it as we do most of your recipes. Keep them coming I have 37 pounds to re-shed.

  91. So easy to make it!

  92. I got home from work late last night, and decided to make this for dinner. My kids loved it! My daughter asked for seconds! Believe me when I say that is more than just a compliment!

  93. This is so great! Such a quick and easy one pot meal (that makes great leftovers). You could easily throw in any sort of meat or veggies in your fridge.

  94. Hi Gina, 
    Can this recipe be made in a crock pot?
    We love your recipes and my husband and I enjoy cooking together from your cookbook. 

  95. I’m not a big fan of crushed tomatoes. Could I used pureed tomatoes instead?

  96. Made this for this first time tonight and it has forever changed how I make spaghetti! Delicious and could not be easier! I love so many of your recipes! Thank you so much for making healthy eating so delicious!

  97. Delish but not as saucey. Whzt did zi do wrong ????

  98. This was so easy and delicous. I had enough for 2 lunches also. This is definitely going in my SkinnyTaste rotation. Thank you Gina.

  99. I had to cook this a little longer, about 25 minutes, due to the noodles were still hard. Although, once finished it was sooo good!! Definitely my new go to spaghetti and meatsauce recipe. Thanks, Gina!!

  100. I cooked this last night and doubled everything so that I would have leftovers. I used venison instead of ground beef because I have a freezer full. The spaghetti turned out perfectly and I will never cook spaghetti another way again! It was absolutely delicious! My family loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe and for all that you do.

  101. this was SO good! and maybe the easiest recipe i have ever made! gina, i am so grateful for your site! ps- bought more ingredients for the pumpkin mac today! i NEED another batch!

  102. I read this recipe while on my lunch hour and decided it sounded so simple I would give it a try tonight. Wow, for the simplicity – I can’t believe how much we enjoyed it. Had dinner on the table in roughly 30 minutes (and that included making a roasted veggie side dish) with only one pot, cutting board and knife to clean. Trying to watch what I eat and couldn’t believe how much I got for a serving. Impressive and delicious…a real win-win!!!

  103. Do you need to drain the beef after it’s cooked?

  104. This is an awesome method! It’s an easy, delicious and healthier way to enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce. Another fantastic recipe from Skinnytaste!! What would I do without Skinnytaste?! Thank you for giving us the BEST food blog out there!!!!

  105. this might be a dumb question – but after I cook the meat do I drain it? Or leave it in with the oil before adding in the onion?

  106. I love spaghetti with meat sauce. I have so may recipes (very similar to yours). Sometimes I also add some black olives. That’s so delicious !!!! 

  107. Really good and one less pot to clean!

  108. What does gluten,free have to do with a lighter way of cooking.

  109. Would doubling or 1.5x the recipe affect the cook time?

  110. Gina, this is just the insanely simple recipe I’ve been looking for. I found some sweet Italian turkey sausage in the freezer, so I used that instead but besides that, completely true to the recipe and it was perfect. I have been struggling to get back my motivation to cook and this was a great jumpstart. Thank you, as always.

  111. Hi Gina! Can I use normal white spaghetti for this recipe? Or will the amount of starch that comes off of it ruin the dish??

    Thanks!
    Nadine 

  112. Why is the stove top version 8 SP and the Instant Pot is 10 SP and are the same ingredients.  

  113. i tried it, but yours looks better than mine =/ it looks saucier.. maybe i used too much water or something

  114. I love spaghetti! After a gastric bypass, I cannot eat pasta, but I can use zucchini and make it into a pasta. This looks so good….tomorrow is Friday and it looks good for supper!

  115. Love how easy this is! Anything for a one-pot meal!

  116. Could you use the mccormick basil leaves instead of fresh leaves? If so, how many tbsp/tsps?

  117. If you used jarred Marina, you would elongated the tomatoes and spices but would you need the water to cook the pasta or just let the pasta cook in the sauce alone? Thanks 

  118. Love this recipe!  I made it yesterday.  I did not have the Tuttorosso tomatoes, so needed to add quite a bit of Italian seasoning.  I omitted the water and used zoodles instead of pasta.  It was delicious and soooo easy!

    • I want to try this with zoodles too! Did you use only zoodles and NO spaghetti? If so, how long did you cook it once you added the zoodles? Thanks in advance!!!

  119. Could this be made with ground turkey?

  120. Could you use another pasta if the weight was the same? My kids fuss about spaghetti because its harder to eat.

  121. Would this work the same with whole wheat penne?

  122. I love your recipes Gina – you have changed the way I cook for my family.  I had lost interest in cooking, it was just another job to do at the end of the day, but now I’m much more adventurous because every single skinny taste recipe I’ve tried has been delicious.

    My mum has been making a version of this dish since we were kids, and my kids love it too.  She always used tins of Heinz tomato soup instead of crushed tomatoes.  And it’s an easy dish to mix in some grated zucchini and carrot that the kids don’t even notice.

    Love from Australia 🙂 

  123. Directions mention basil I don’t see the measurement for basil in ingredients list. Please provide. Ty.

  124. How much basil is used? It’s not indicated in the ingredients list…

  125. How much basil should be added? Dried or Fresh? I see it in the instructions, but not on the ingredient list. Thanks for making the stove top version. Looking forward to trying it out!

  126. This looks delish! Do you think I could substitute half the pasta for zoodles? I’d add them in at the end, but wondering what to do with the water amount. Thoughts?

  127. Hi Gina! Love this recipe using the Instant Pot. Quick question… what quart size do you recommend for a Dutch Oven? And do you have a recommended brand?
    Thank you!

  128. How much basil do you use?