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This recipe reminded me a lot of my One Pot Macaroni and Cheese. Same idea – put all the ingredients in one pot, including the uncooked noodles, and cook it all together. It’s eliminates some dirty pots and pans and the need for a strainer and all the flavors get cooked right into the noodles, thickening the sauce as it simmers.

One Pot Spaghetti via Alaska from Scratch

One Pot Spaghetti via Alaska from Scratch

Disclaimer: this method is not for pasta purists. Cooking the noodles this way does give them a slightly different texture than cooking them the traditional way – in boiling, salted water until al dente. But, if you’re the type of person who enjoys a hearty, home-cooked meal made easier by combining a few steps, then this one is definitely for you. Personally, I could go either way. I fully appreciate spaghetti the traditional way, but I also enjoyed mixing it up a little bit with this recipe and trying something new. One thing I really enjoyed about this method is the way the sauce perfectly coats the noodles because the starch from the noodles is in the sauce, leaving a consistency that was neither too thick nor too thin.

One Pot Spaghetti with Mushrooms

Adapted from [Better Homes and Gardens|]

Yields: 4 servings

  • 1/2lb italian sausage
  • 1c sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5oz) can chicken or beef broth
  • 1-3/4c water
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1t italian seasoning
  • 1/4t salt
  • 2t sugar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 6oz spaghetti, broken
  • parmesan cheese

In a large pot over medium heat, brown the italian sausage. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring often, about 3-4 minutes or until onions and mushrooms are tender. Stir in the tomato paste.

Add the broth, water, vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Add the broken spaghetti, stirring to separate and submerge under the surface of the sauce. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat, and boil gently, uncovered, 17-20 minutes (or until spaghetti is tender and sauce is desired consistency), stirring frequently.

Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

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