One Pot Spaghetti has all the flavors of traditional spaghetti with meat sauce, all while only using only one pot! This is so easy, I don’t know if I will go back to the traditional method! Definitely worth trying. If you love spaghetti, be sure to also try our homemade spaghetti with meat sauce.

Overhead of a Pot filled with One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti

After making this one pot spaghetti you may never want to cook spaghetti the traditional way again! Using one pot is so convenient and hassle-free, and makes clean up a breeze. The flavors in this spaghetti are amazing, and the addition of the heavy cream gave it just the perfect hint of creaminess. Serve it with a side of garlic breadsticks and roasted green beans for the perfect dinner!

Spaghetti Ingredients

Meat: I used ground beef in this recipe, and will give other options below.

Pasta: I used traditional spaghetti noodles for this dish, but you can make your own homemade pasta and substitute those as well!

Heavy Cream: I added heavy cream to this dish to give it a hint of creaminess, but you could easily omit if desired. Suggestions for replacements will be given below.

Adding tomato to ground beef, then seasonings, then broth, and then noodles in a collage of process steps to make One Pot Spaghetti

Can I Make This Without a Dutch Oven?

Absolutely! A large pot with a lid will work just as well. Make sure it is deep enough for the noodles to be fully submerged in the liquid.

Can I Make One Pot Spaghetti Without Ground Beef?

Yes! Other great options for this recipe would be ground Italian sausage, ground turkey, or omitting the meat altogether if preferred.

Tongs Picking up a Big Amount of One Pot Spaghetti

Can I Make This Without Heavy Cream?

Yes! For best results, I would substitute with whole milk. You could use reduced-fat milk, but the added creaminess from the heavy cream or whole milk would be lost. If you desire to leave it out altogether, additional broth or pasta water may be needed to ensure the noodles have enough liquid to be fully submerged. 

How Can I Store This?

Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, and reheat in the microwave when desired. 

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4.98 from 68 votes

One Pot Spaghetti

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
One Pot Spaghetti has all the flavors of a traditional spaghetti with meat sauce, all while only using only one pot!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (119g) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 16 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • fresh parsley, for garnish
  • grated parmesan, for garnish


  • To a large Dutch oven or pot with a lid, add ground beef and onion. Cook on medium heat, uncovered, for about 5-10 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain grease. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomato, broth, heavy cream, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Once combined, bring sauce to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once boiling, add spaghetti noodles in a criss cross pattern. (We like to break the noodles in half so they fit in the pot.) Reduce the heat to a simmer. Press the noodles under the liquid and cover with a lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, or until noodles are al dente, making sure to cover the pot after stirring each time.
  • Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley and grated parmesan.

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  1. 4 stars
    My mom used to make a recipe similar to this. It’s great. A quick and easy one pot dinner.

    I added a huge handful of spinach after the meat had almost finished cooking. And after tasting it, I’d recommend salting the meat while it’s cooking. (If I had it I’d add shredded mushrooms and carrots, too…..stealth health)…..and added a cup of wine after the garlic had cooked for it’s minute or two; it added flavor. Added just a dollop of cream, not the whole half cup. My family loved it. Thanks for bringing back one of my childhood faves..

  2. This has been a dinner staple in our house. We don’t eat the same things every week, but this always ends up in my meal plans at least twice a month. You have amazing recipes, and I’m so thankful that you share them.

  3. 5 stars
    Not a fan of spaghetti and meat sauce until I tried this recipe – it’s a keeper! Making it again right now. I do alter to use what I have on hand. Using both beef and chicken broth today. yum!

  4. 5 stars
    This is now officially my go to recipe for spaghetti. Even leftovers get eaten, and my kids don’t usually eat leftovers.

  5. Made this last night and it’s a keeper! My family loved it. The only thing I might change is to add more meat. Very easy and very delicious! For a family where the preparer works this is perfect!

  6. 5 stars
    Since I’ve discovered this recipe, I’ve made it many times and it is delicious. Amazing that it makes so much with only 1 lb of ground beef. I’ve added chopped mushrooms and extra garlic, but it’s fantastic just as it is. Everyone I’ve shared it with also loves it. It is a keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    Excellent! I doubled the ground beef, and used beef broth (instead of chicken broth.) Everyone loves it, and leftovers the next day (if there are any) are even better!

  8. 5 stars
    We’ve made this recipe multiple times. So good, the whole family loves it and it’s great as leftovers for the kids lunch thermos.

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