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½ pound lean ground beef (15% fat)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ½ cups water
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon rosemary
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 cups (12 ounces) broken spaghetti
1 cup (4 ounces) grated parmesan cheese


  1. Brown meat and onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat (300 degrees F in an electric skillet). Drain fat (see Notes).
  2. Stir in water, tomato sauce and spices. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add spaghetti, cover pan, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  4. When spaghetti is tender, top with grated cheese.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Try ground turkey or small cooked shrimp for the meat.
  • Try whole-wheat pasta to increase fiber.
  • Use cheddar cheese in place of parmesan.
  • Pour fat from cooked meat into a metal container. Let it cool, then dispose of it in a garbage can.
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10 cups
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
30 minutes
One Pan Spaghetti
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