One Pot Meat and Cheese Spaghetti Recipe

Total Servings: 4

Total Cost for All Ingredients: $24.62

Cost Per Serving: $6.16

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Ingredients & Costs*

1 lb ground beef ($5.37)
23 oz marinara sauce ($2.48)
16 oz dried speghetti ($1.48)
4 cups water
1 tbsp olive oil ($6.64)
1/2 tsp kosher salt ($2.12)
Black pepper ($3.12)
Crushed chili peppers ($1.44)
Parmesan cheese ($1.97)

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*Food costs may vary and can change over time. The prices listed were the current prices of these ingredients when this recipe was made for this post. Almost all our ingredients are purchased from Walmart as we live in a small town without any other options. If you notice a significant price difference, please let us know at we can update this post.

FAQs About This Recipe

What kind of spaghetti should I use?

This recipe works well with any type of spaghetti (or pasta for that matter). We used regular spaghetti for this recipe but thin or thick spaghetti would also work. Keep in mind that you may need to adjust your cooking time slightly if you use a different type of spaghetti or pasta.

How should I store this recipe?

We use 3.4 cup glass meal prep containers for this recipe, and it fills each one up about 75%. 

Tips From the Kitchen

Pack marinara sauce: If you’re like me and love a saucy spaghetti, then you may want to add a 2 or 4 oz plastic container with extra marinara sauce to your meal prep containers. This will ensure your meal has plenty of sauce when you reheat it later and will avoid having it dry out.

Add water as needed: Depending on your stovetop, 4 cups of water may be a bit much. It’s always best to start with less and add more as the water evaporates from the pan. I would say a good starting point is about 2.5 cups, then add another 1/2 cup of water as needed as the dish cooks.

One Pot Meat and Cheese Spaghetti Recipe​

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 1.002 kcal


  • 1 Large Jumbo Cooker
  • 4 3.4 Cup Ello Meal Prep Containers


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 23 oz marinara sauce
  • 16 oz dried spaghetti
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chili pepper
  • 8 oz parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot with a lid, add the olive oil and brown the ground beef until completely cooked.
  • Add the marinara sauce, water and kosher salt to the pot. Make sure the noodles are submerged below the water.
  • Bring the pot to a boil then turn to low-medium heat. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or until pasta is completely cooked. Add water as necessary if liquid is running low.
  • Turn off the heat and leave the pot covered for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in parmesan cheese, black pepper and crushed chili peppers and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Place in meal prep containers.


Calories: 1.002kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 57gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 2.07mgPotassium: 1.102mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1.223IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 747mgIron: 6mg
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