Saucepan Spaghetti is one of Leah Singer’s favorite, classic, go-to recipes. She’s been making it since she was a kid. In fact, she’s pretty sure it originated from the Better Homes & Gardens Kids Cookbook. And that definitely makes it tried and true, to say the least. This recipe is so easy and quick; you’ll most likely have every ingredient in your freezer and cupboard. So on nights when you need something fast, easy and delicious, try Saucepan Spaghetti.

1 lb. ground beef
3 cups water
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 chopped yellow onion (or half of a big one)
2 tsp. chopped garlic (or garlic powder if you have that)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. basil
Salt and Pepper
1/2 lb. spaghetti
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Add chopped onion. (In the kids cookbook, it says to
ask a parent to help turn on the stove and brown the meat.)

2. When the meat and onion are browned, add all the other ingredients except spaghetti (and the puree if you’re doing that). Bring mixture to a boil.

3. Add spaghetti to boiling sauce. Stir. Bring down to a simmer and cover.

4. Let simmer for about 20 minutes (until the liquid is absorbed and spaghetti is done), stirring throughout that time.

5. Add the shredded cheese off the heat.

Leah Singer is a freelance writer and a practicing speechwriter. She shares many family-friendly recipes, as well as stories of motherhood, craft ideas, writing, and other such topics at Leah’s Thoughts. Read more about Leah at: