For most American families, Sunday is their day – the day that they’re supposed to slow down, forget all the everyday cares and worries for a while, and spend precious time with each other.
Weekdays can get pretty hectic with all the house chores, school work, office work, and after-school and after-office errands. On Sundays, though, families may go to church, take their leisure time at the local parks or malls, or just spend it at home with the whole family.
Sundays may also mean preparing a special lunch or dinner for the family and loved ones, but you don’t want to lose your precious family time by being stuck in the kitchen all day.
One of the classic American dinners is spaghetti. Everyone loves spaghetti, right? It’s a favorite comfort food and a crowd-pleaser. But some spaghetti recipes require a lot of time and preparation. Unless you have prepped your ingredients beforehand, you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen just making spaghetti.
Well, there is now a quicker way to cook spaghetti – the One Pot Spaghetti. You may react dubiously to it at first: “Can it be as delicious as regular spaghetti?” Of course, it is – in fact, it can be even better!
Your doubts about this recipe are pretty understandable, as “quick” usually means “so-so,” especially regarding food. But once you have introduced this recipe, it will indeed become a new family favorite!
The name says it all – you throw all the ingredients into only one pot – no need for separate pots to cook your pasta and the sauce. It’s super quick and easy, and the flavor is incredible! You will love that the noodles are cooked right in the classic red Bolognese sauce and really soak in all that saucy goodness. As it is quick, comforting, and oh-so-delicious, this recipe is perfect for Sunday dinners and is a great way to get your whole family gathered around the dinner table together.
- One-pound (1 lb.) lean ground beef (or ground pork, chicken, turkey, or sausage, if you prefer)
- One (1) onion, diced
- One (1) clove garlic, minced
- Fourteen ounces (14 oz) chicken broth (homemade or canned)
- One (1) jar Ragu pasta sauce (any variety)
- One-and-a-half (½) cup water
- Eight ounces (8 oz) spaghetti
- One-fourth (¼) grated Parmesan cheese (or more, if you like it cheesier!)
- In a large pot, brown the ground beef (or ground pork, chicken, etc.).
- Add the diced onion and minced garlic and cook for another minute or two.
- Add the Ragu pasta sauce, the chicken broth, and water, and bring it to a boil.
- Add the spaghetti to the sauce. If you prefer (or depending on how large or small your pot is), you can add the spaghetti as it is or break it into pieces before stirring it into the sauce.
- Bring your stove heat into low flame. Cover your pot and simmer for 17 to 20 minutes. Make sure to stir it occasionally so that the noodles won’t stick together or stick and burn to the bottom of the pot.
- When the pasta becomes al dente, stir in the Parmesan cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!
It’s better if you cook a large batch of this recipe as it tastes even better on the following day. You can enjoy it as it is or with slices of store-bought garlic bread.
Ragu pasta sauces – a family’s favorite
Ragu pasta sauces are perfect for making quick and delicious spaghetti. Sharing a bit about the history of Ragu – the company had its origins in Rochester, New York, in 1937. An Italian immigrant and a single mom, Assunta Cantisano, started to make her own pasta sauce by following her family’s recipe. Since 1937, the sauce standards that Assunta demanded have been passed down from generation to generation. Ragu pasta sauces are made from farm-fresh ingredients and use no artificial flavors, colorings, and preservatives, which you’ll love. The quality of Ragu’s products and their affordability will surely make it your family’s favorite.