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Published: Saturday, 7/27/2013 - Updated: 2 years ago

Dinner Tonight: One-Pot Spaghetti

Ed Bachmeyer writes that he “hates having to mess with more than one pan.” Mr. Bachmeyer must be the resourceful type, because he has come up with a recipe for spaghetti that can be made in just one pot. It is simple, quick, and adaptable; he sometimes adds more ground beef, onions, or a can of mushrooms — and he also makes it with elbow macaroni — “and it has never failed.”

One-Pot Spaghetti

½ pound ground beef

¼ cup chopped onion

2 cups spaghetti sauce, meatless

1 cup water

1 can mushrooms, optional

3 ounces spaghetti, broken

Parmesan cheese, grated

Cook’s note: You can substitute elbow macaroni for spaghetti.

In a large pot over medium heat, combine the ground beef and onion and cook until the meat is brown. Add sauce, water, mushrooms (if using), and spaghetti. Bring to a boil and then simmer 20 minutes or until spaghetti is done to your liking. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

— Ed Bachmeyer

Have a recipe that is fast and healthy? Send it to food@theblade.com or Dinner Tonight, The Blade, 541 N. Superior St., Toledo, OH 43660.

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