One Pot Spag, Meat Sauce, Spinach

One Pot Spag, Meat Sauce, Spinach

One Pot Spaghetti & Meat Sauce With Spinach

Use the best quality jarred sauce you can - it makes a difference. I use Silver Palate brand. I find the best way to stir so the spaghetti doesn't stick together is twisting and turning it with a large fork. Keep the sauce at a low boil at all times - too high and you'll cook off too much liquid. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

One Pot Spaghetti & Meat Sauce With Spinach


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 25 ounce jar (2 2/3 cups) good quality Marinara Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 10 ounces spaghetti

  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste


  1. In a large pan or pot on medium-high heat, sauté the onion & garlic for 1 minute.
  2. Add beef. Cook & stir until pink is gone - about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the marinara sauce. Use 1 1/2 cups water to rinse out the jar and add water to sauce.
  4. Break spaghetti in half and scatter over sauce. Stir, reduce heat, cover and cook for 13 minutes, stirring well every 2 minutes using a fork to twist and turn the spaghetti. Keep it at a low boil, not to cook off too much liquid.
  5. While spaghetti cooks, inspect spinach and remove thick stems and bad leaves.
  6. After 13 minutes quickly pile spinach on top of sauce, cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Spinach will steam on top.
  7. Stir in spinach, cover and cook 2 more minutes.
  8. Remove from heat. Add Parmesan, salt & pepper. (Leftovers can be reheated in a pot or pan. Just add a little water, cover and reheat on low heat, stirring a few times.)

Want To Make 1/2 Recipe? Just reduce all ingredients by half and use 1 1/3 cups of sauce.

Note: There's more on this recipe in my blog. Click here.

22 Comments on "One Pot Spag, Meat Sauce, Spinach"

  1. Susan

    Love this recipe! I’ve made it several times. While stirring every two minutes, I use two forks to separate the spaghetti clumps. I also double the amount of spinach. Yum!

  2. Dez

    I did not like this recipe! Nice idea, but didn’t work for me. I had to add a lot of extra water and the noodles came out chewy.I’ll stick to cooking my noodles Al dente first then adding to the sauce to finish cooking the rest of the way.

  3. Sab

    I made this, definitely easy but the dish was greasy, wondering if the beef and onions needed to be drained after frying?

  4. Jody Marie from Pacific NW

    This recipe is so good! I added another SuperFood, sliced fresh mushrooms, to the mix. Thank you, Jenny! I also appreciated all your tips in your blog about this one pot spaghetti. It turned out moist and delicious!

  5. Craig

    I liked you when you had antslk show, and I like the simplicity of the waybyountesvh andvkeepnus healthy great food and humour😁

  6. Laura M

    I made this last night exactly as written. Very easy, simple and delicious. And a complete meal. I will make it often.

  7. Daveo

    Wow Jenny. I have cooked almost all of your recipes and they never ever fail me. You are the best.
    Thank you very much have a blessed day

  8. Carol

    Hi Jenny!
    This time we will spell your name right….LOL!
    Great new twist adding ‘raw spaghetti’ to the sauce. That’s a new one for my awesome Italian hubby who cooks up a storm in our kitchen!! I’m Polish and I do my share. Our kitchen is our playground!! Hugs!!

  9. Patty

    Sounds good, am anxious to try it since I’ve never cooked pasta in it’s meat sauce before. Will let you know how we like it.
    Thank you Jenny. Keep these great recipes coming please. 🇨🇦

  10. Joe

    I think for health reason you should pour off the grease from the browned beef before adding the red sauce.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      With lean ground beef, there is no fat to pour off.

  11. Sharon

    Thanks Jenny for this recipe. We are at camp and I love easy one pot meals.

  12. Midgey Mud

    Great recipe! I will try it in my Instant Pot and also add a rind of Pecorino Reggiano (can buy them at Wegmans or Whole Foods)!

    • Rosalie B

      You will have to post how it turns out, I’m thinking of trying this in my instant pot too, 5 minutes w/ QR.

  13. Susie

    Wow, I love this recipe, I never thought of adding the raw spaghetti directly into the sauce. I can’t wait to try this which will be soon, very soon. I just love your recipes.

  14. Laura

    I love how easy this recipe is to make and I love spinach!

  15. Janet Carfaro

    Clams in can and luguini recipe! Please

  16. Helen Swiatkowski

    I can’t have tomatoes, including sauces. Can I make this another way?

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