One-pot weeknight spaghetti

Recipe developed by greens & chocolate


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 28 ounces jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups water (plus up to ¾ cup more, added as you cook, see recipe notes)
  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping


  1. In large pot, brown the beef.
  2. When all beef is browned, remove from pot and set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to pot over medium-high heat and saute onion and bell pepper.
  4. Add garlic and saute one more minute.
  5. Season with salt.
  6. Add beef back to pot along with spaghetti sauce and water.
  7. Bring to a simmer and then add noodles. Submerge noodles in the sauce. As much as possible. Cook according to directions on package.
  8. If the sauce is too thick and the noodles are not cooked yet, add more water, ¼ cup at a time, up to ¾ cup more and cook until noodles are done.
  9. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.
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