Looking for a quick and easy, family-friendly dinner? Look no further! This Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is the answer to your weeknight dinner woes. With only five ingredients and a total cook time of 30 minutes or less, this delicious meal is sure to become a go-to staple in your home.
We all know the feeling of being stuck in a dinner rut. You’re staring into the fridge, trying to come up with something delicious yet easy enough for your family to enjoy. But you have absolutely no idea what to make.
Sure, you could spend time searching for recipes on Google or Pinterest (which may be what led you here – welcome by the way!) But there has to be an easier way.
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And there is! Weeknight dinners don’t have to be complicated! In fact, the easier you make them, the better.
This Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is proof that you don’t need many ingredients or tons of time to make something delicious that your whole family will love.
Best of all – cleanup is super simple! That’s right. Everything and I mean everything cooks in just one pot. So, there are less ingredients, it takes less time to prepare and clean up will be quicker and easier. That’s a super winner in my book. And, if you needed any icing on this already awesome dish, it’s a kid-friendly meal too.
So, if you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal that won’t take forever, try out this five ingredient one pot spaghetti & meatballs recipe – you won’t regret it!
HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS ONE POT PASTA EVERY TIME!
Ah, pasta. One of life’s simple pleasures. You can dress it up with a tasty sauce and some herbs, or keep it simple with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese – either way, it’s an easy, comforting meal that everyone loves. But there is one key rule when it comes to making amazing pasta dishes – don’t overcook it!
Why? Well, for starters, mushy pasta never tastes good. So, whether you are making one pot hamburger helper or a creamy macaroni and cheese, you want your noodles to have a little texture and not turn into a completely mushy dish. Overcooking your noodles will result in a soggy mess that nobody enjoys.
The key here is to pay attention while you are cooking the noodles – and make sure you are checking them regularly as they cook. This way, they don’t become too soft.
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A good rule of thumb is to remove them from heat when they are just slightly undercooked (the pasta will continue to cook as it sits in the sauce). Remember that al dente means cooked but still firm to the bite – this will give your dish great texture and flavor.
Another tip that I like to use when I am cooking pasta dishes is to make sure I am using enough liquid in the sauce. If the sauce isn’t wet enough, your noodles will start sucking up all of the liquid in your pot and become overcooked quickly. Be generous with your liquids. This should help them retain their texture even after sitting in the sauce before serving.
Making delicious pasta dishes doesn’t have to be hard – just remember one thing: Don’t overcook it! With these tips in mind, you can easily whip up homemade meals that will tantalize even picky eaters’ taste buds without having to spend hours slaving away over complicated recipes.
Can You Make EASY ONE POT spaghetti and meatballs Vegetarian?
Absolutely! If you want to make Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs for Meatless Monday or as a vegetarian dish, it is super simple. Simply use a frozen vegetarian meatball variety, instead of the angus beef ones.
In fact, you can use any type of meatball that you like – vegetarian, chicken, turkey, or anything else. Simply check to the package label to make sure that it is already fully cooked before you are adding it to the pot. That way, you are simply defrosting the meatball in the pot, instead of cooking it.
Ingredients for EASY ONE POT spaghetti and meatballs
With only five ingredients and a total cook time of 30 minutes or less, this delicious meal is sure to become a go-to staple in your home. Let’s get cooking!
- Spaghetti noodles – when it comes to making spaghetti and meatballs, you can’t forget the noodles. If you wanted to try a different noodles, you can always try capellini (also known as angel hair pasta) or fettuccine noodles.
- Frozen fully cooked Angus beef meatballs – using frozen meatballs is a perfect shortcut to dinner. They are already cooked, so all you need to do is defrost them. And they easily cook with the noodles in this sauce, making it the perfect easy meal.
- Tomato or Marinara sauce – you can choose your favorite tomato or marinara sauce for this recipe. If you prefer a thinner, more tomatoy flavor, choose a marinara. But, if you like a thicker and creamier sauce, choose a tomato sauce.
- Vegetable broth – since the noodles are cooking in one pot with the sauce, you need a way to thin the sauce. Sure, you could use water, but that would just basically water it down and leave it with less flavor. That’s where vegetable broth comes in. It add flavor and thins the sauce. Now, the noodles can cook in the sauce and it adds the flavors of vegetables and spices to the sauce, making it taste even better.
- Parmesan cheese – when it comes to pasta, Parmesan cheese just makes it better. It’s adds richness and flavor, that you just can’t get from pasta and sauce on its own. And it’s the perfect way to finish off your pasta dish.
HOW TO MAKE EASY ONE POT spaghetti and meatballs
Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is an easy 5 ingredient recipe that you can use as a go-to weeknight dinner solution! In under half an hour you can have a delicious meal ready for your family that’s sure to be enjoyed by all!
STEP 1: Add it to the pot
The beauty of one-pot recipes is everything cooks together. And with this Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe, it starts with adding nearly everything into your pot.
In a large pan over medium heat, add the meatballs, spaghetti, marinara or tomato sauce, and vegetable broth.
You’ll want to break the noodles in half before adding them to the pot. This helps them cook more easily and evenly. You don’t want half of the noodle hanging out of the pot over the liquid. You want to make sure that it is all fully covered in the pot.
STEP 2: Bring to Boil
Heat the contents for the pot until the sauce begins to bubble and boil. Once it has a consistent bubble cover and lower the heat to medium-low. At this temperature, the pasta can cook in the sauce and the meatballs will defrost and warm.
You’ll want to make sure to keep the pot covered, so that the sauce will not evaporate too much. You want to keep as much as sauce as possible as it cooks.
Make sure to stir the pasta often, so it doesn’t stick and clump together or get stuck to the bottom.
Cook the pasta for 20 minutes or until the noodles are al dente. You’ll know they are ready when they are still firm when you bite into them, but they are soft enough to eat.
STEP 3: Sprinkle with Parmesan
When the noodles are cooked, add Parmesan cheese. This gives the pasta an extra pop of flavor, making everything even more delicious. And mix the noodles and cheese until the Parmesan is melted.
This delicious dinner truly couldn’t be easier—just five ingredients, one pot, and less than 30 minutes later you have an amazing dinner that your whole family will love! So next time you’re stuck wondering what to make for dinner on a busy night, give this simple one pot spaghetti recipe a try—you won’t regret it!
What Can you Add to Spaghetti and Meatballs
Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is delicious all on its own, but if you enjoy changing things up, you definitely can.
You can also customize this recipe by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms or bell peppers for extra flavor and nutrition. Or if you like add a little herbs to you sauce, you can add some Italian herbs like oregano, basil or thyme for an extra flavorful kick!
However you have it! Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is always a hit!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER Pasta
If you have any leftovers, Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs can be stored in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 5 days. But, this dish never seems to last that long in our house.
You can reheat it in a pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until it is warm and heated through. If the noodles are stuck together, you can also add a little bit of water, broth, or extra sauce to the saucepan. You can also reheat any leftovers in the microwave.
Try Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs tonight – it takes only five ingredients and cooks on your stovetop in under 30 minutes! Your kids will love it, plus you can enjoy knowing that dinner was so easy to make!
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Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs (5 Ingredients Recipe)
Looking for a quick and easy, family-friendly dinner? This one pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe is the answer to all your weeknight dinner woes. With only five ingredients and a total cook time of 30 minutes or less, this delicious meal is sure to become a go-to staple in your home. Let’s get cooking!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- 1 (12 ounce) package of spaghetti, broken in half
- 1 (1 pound) package of frozen fully cooked Angus beef meatballs
- 3 cups tomato or marinara sauce
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese]
- In a large pan over medium heat, add meatballs, spaghetti, sauce, and broth.
- Bring to boil, cover and lower to medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Cook until pasta is al dente.
- Sprinkle with cheese. Mix until cheese is melted.
- Serving Size: 1/4 meal
- Calories: 696.87kcal
- Sugar: 9.83g
- Sodium: 1431.46mg
- Fat: 32.26g
- Saturated Fat: 13.97g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.72g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 75.58g
- Fiber: 5.48g
- Protein: 46.89g
- Cholesterol: 99.65mg
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