Weeknight One Pot Spaghetti Dinner

Hi y’all! I know this is probably one of those things that people are either going to love or they will skip over. Mostly because spaghetti? Who needs a recipe for spaghetti? Most of us can make spaghetti in our sleep! It’s the number one go to meal when I don’t know what to make for dinner or when I fail at dinner and don’t want to feel completely defeated and order pizza. I have to admit I probably would have never of thought to put a good ol’ trusty spaghetti recipe on here, but a lot of my sweet readers have been requesting for just that over the last several months. I kept putting it off, and putting it off, and putting it off because it’s one of those things that literally I throw together effortlessly and it’s one of those things I throw together because we’re in emergency dinner mode so I wasn’t finding the time to make AND photograph said spaghetti dinner. Plus, it’s getting darker earlier these days so Spaghetti Night around here means we had a super busy day and I still want to throw something healthy and homemade on the table. Unfortunately, It also means bath night for Pepper. If you have a child who loves spaghetti night you REALLY do know what I am talking about. So, spaghetti dinner, photograph spaghetti dinner, sit and eat dinner, clean up dinner, and bathe child covered in sauce, meat, cheese, and noodles. I had to plan to actually do this when I wasn’t in emergency dinner mode and I did just that yesterday afternoon!  This isn’t your average spaghetti recipe. You know the one, the one where you brown a little meat, add a jar of sauce, boil noodles and pour said meat sauce over noodles. Nope, this is better. One thousand times better.  First of all, it’s full of tons of flavor and the sauce is made from scratch in minutes. Second of all, It is all done in ONE pot. Yep, ya heard that right. All you’ll need is one stock pot with a lid. No colander, no second pot to boil noodles. Just one trusty pot with a lid (and a spoon!) and you’ll have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes AND very few dishes to clean up after you and your family happily devour this big ol pot of goodness. (especially if you make them eat with their hands. Pepper has absolutely no trouble with this!)

Let’s get in the kitchen..

Throw a pound of lean ground turkey or lean ground beef in a pipin’ hot stock pot. I usually use ground turkey unless Eric is declaring that he needs red meat in his life then I use ground beef. Super delish either way!

When the turkey is broken up add one chopped onion and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic. (Sorry I snoozed on taking a photo of the chopping of the onion and garlic!) Season it up with some pepper, kosher salt, and Italian seasoning. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until the meat is cooked and the onions soft.

Next add low sodium beef broth (or vegetable broth) beef broth gives it a much richer flavor in my opinion so I normally use it unless I just don’t have any on hand. Also! Add your cans of tomaters (diced and crushed), Worcsetchire sauce (I seriously hate spelling that word so much), dried basil, and dried oregano. (Don’t a pinch or two of crushed red pepper)

Mix her all up! (This really comes together quicker than it’ll take ya to read these directions. I promise.) Bring the mixture to a boil.

Getting this photo was NOT easy. Steam everywhere, but I got it. Yay! Add those noodles to the sauce and let’m mingle awhile. Cover that pot too!

(AKA let’m simmer, covered for about 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally until the noodles are cooked!)

When the noodles are cooked you’ll have somethin’ really delicious in that ol’ pot and you’ll be able to feed your hungry family in under 25 minutes! Don’t forget to Salt & Pepper to taste.

Plop it in a bowl…  Also, I was at Target the other day and found these bowls for like $1.37 and I am obsessed with them. Naturally, I bought 17 because a girl can never have too many dishes! I mean, what if I lose one? or *gasp* one breaks?!

Garnish with a little parsley and/or basil if that’s your thing..

….and maybe sprinkle on a little (or a lot) of parmesan cheese to really make it extra special.

(This might be my favorite meal that I’ve photographed to date.)

The ultimate QUICK weeknight dinner includes One Pot Spaghetti Dinner, Fresh Bread, and a green salad to round it out.

As a food blogger, I make a lot of food, y’all.  A LOT. Much, much more than you even see me post, trust me. And I’m going to be completely honest when I say that this is one of my favorite meals to make. There’s nothin’ fancy about it whatsoever. It’s just delicious and simple. It reminds me of my younger years because I don’t think there was ever a week that went by that we didn’t have Spaghetti Night in my house! So I’m carrying on the Spaghetti Dinner tradition just a little differently and it is just perfectly delicious.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! This is hands down, Miss Pepper’s favorite recipe!! I make it almost every single week for her.


With love from my kitchen to yours,


5 from 9 votes

One Pot Spaghetti Dinner

Servings 6
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  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, 93/7 uncooked
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (I use fire roasted)
  • 2 cups beef low sodium beef broth chicken or vegetable works fine too
  • 8 ounce spaghetti dry
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • a pinch red pepper flakes


  1. In a large pot with lid add ground turkey and break apart. When the turkey is mostly broken up add chopped onions, minced garlic, some kosher salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Continue to cook until meat is cooked and onions and garlic are soft.

  2. Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, basil, oregano, pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir together well and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer. Add dry spaghetti noodles to pot and press down on them enough so the sauce covers them. Cover with lid and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked stirring every once and awhile.

  4. Mix together well, salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some fresh parsley, basil, and parmesan! Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Makes 6 Servings

Suggested Serving Size: 11 ounces, about 1.5 cups

7 Freestyle Smart Points (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

7 Smart Points. (calculated using Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)

6 Points Plus. (calculated using My Score Plus)

310 calories. 5.8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5.5g fiber, 4g sugar, 46g carbohydrates, 22.5g protein. (Calculated using My Fitness Pal) 



  1. I love pasta and this recipe looks good to me.

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome. Glad there’s only two of us so there’s lots of leftovers. Tomorrow iwe’re having your Italian Beef and I can’t wai for that too. Your recipes are fabulous.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by to comment, rate, and compliment! You’re so kind! I’m very happy y’all enjoyed and hope you enjoy the Italian Beef just as much as we do. =)

  3. Diane Miller

    First of all, your recipe looks wonderful! I was wondering how you measure the dry spaghetti. Appreciate your input! Oh and, just found out about you today! I’ll be coming back!

  4. Made this for lunch this past week. I added 1\4 cup of reduced fat sour cream and it was super yummy. Keep all your good recipes coming!!

  5. Can’t wait to try this tonight! I plan to use 97% lean ground turkey for 0 points on the freestyle plan so the whole dish should only come in at 4sp per serving! I can have an extra helping 😉

  6. How do you adjust this recipe if I use your crockpot marinara sauce?

    • Sometimes I use marinara to be extra quick. I still season the meat with spices, salt, and pepper, but I use three cups of my marinara and none of the spices/tomatoes for that part of the recipe. I still use same amount of noodles/beef broth.

  7. Haven’t had a bad recipe yet!! U are my go to girl. Love ya!!!

  8. This was really good. Thank you for an easy dinner.

  9. This recipe was a HUGE hit in my house! Totally going on my rotation, and I’m not even a big pasta person! Only question is, the recipe seemed to make a lot, how did you measure out six servings? Did you measure it or approximate? Can’t wait to try Chicken Con Broccoli next 🙂

    • I am so happy you enjoyed! I weighed it out and then divided it. I then measured it by measuring cups. It’s 1.5 cups per serving and i believe 11 ounces if weighing. I hope you love the Chicken Con Broccoli!!

  10. Jessica Flores

    Would I be able to make this with a whole box of pasta? Would that change the points per serving?

    • If you make the whole box of pasta you will probably want to double everything else because you’ll be left with very,very little sauce. There also won’t be enough liquid to cook all of the noodles properly.

  11. Becca Davis

    Our FAVORITE family dinner, hubby asks for it all the time. Got some Sanmartzano (sp!? Lol) tomatoes and they were a game changer!!! I can’t remem where you posted about them but seriously, who knew a simple swap could be so delicious!! 🙂

    • Becca Davis

      **remember haha

    • I know, right?! Normally, I don’t buy into the fancier ingredients to make things better. I use regular ol’ stuff, BUT I will say they make somethin’ that’s already really tasty NEXT level. I’m So happy you and your family enjoyed, thanks for letting me know!!

  12. I know this is going to sound like a silly question, but too often I have days where I didn’t prepare anything for dinner in advance. This would be a perfect recipe to make, and I usually have all of these ingredients on hand, however, I always keep my ground turkey frozen! What is the best way to quickly defrost it if it’s a “dinner in a pinch” kind of night?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Lori! If you put the frozen meat between two pans (think skillets) it’ll thaw SUPER quick like 20-35 minutes depending on how thick the package is. With that being said, I would also freeze your ground turkey in freezer bags and push them flat and into a square so that when you’re thawing it is a quick process!

  13. I don’t think I’ll ever need another spaghetti recipe. I definitely won’t buy any more spaghetti sauce! THE BEST!

  14. So delicious and easy too! My teenage daughter had friends over on Friday. I made this one pot spaghetti for dinner. One of the girls is vegetarian, so I omitted the meat and used veggie broth. The girls loved it! In fact, one of them said, “not to suck up or anything but this is the best pasta I’ve ever had.” Suck up or not…it’s nice to hear and a mom win for sure.

    Thank you for all your hard work Star!

    • ahahahaha. “not to suck up or anything” that made me laugh. I’m so happy I helped ya have a mama win, Traci!

  15. Do you think this could be done in crockpot adding spaghetti in the last 30 minutes maybe?

    • It should be okay. I personally haven’t done it in the slow cooker. I’d just watch it. It might need a lil less or a lil more time!

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