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One Pan Pasta Supper

This One Pan Pasta Supper is super good and is put together in one pan. Less clean up is the way to go. This recipe makes enough for 6 people.
Course One Pan Meal
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pasta recipe, one pan pasta, one pan pasta supper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 522kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 1 pound ground beef (sub. Italian sausage) , 85 lean, 15 fat
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 level tsp ground fennel Omit if using Italian sausage.
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz. .can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz . spaghetti , broken, (or other pasta like Rotini)
  • 2 cups water , more if needed
  • 8 oz . frozen peas (or the whole bag if desired)
  • 8 oz . Boar's Head yellow American cheese , 3/8 inch diced *see notes


  • Take the frozen peas out of your freezer to start thawing. Then, use a large, high-sided skillet or Dutch oven to brown the ground beef on medium heat.
  • Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, water, salt, and spices. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the pasta, breaking the spaghetti in half. Stir to keep from sticking together.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce and pasta, covered with a lid, for 15 to 18 minutes, stirring every 2 or 3 minutes. Add more water if necessary, (the pasta will keep absorbing liquid once off the heat).
  • Test the pasta for tenderness.
  • When nearly al dente, add the peas and diced cheese, stir gently to combine.
  • Keep the stove on for another minute then turn it off. Let the dish rest for 1 or 2 minutes, and the cheese get melted.
  • Serve immediately.


  1. Using Rotini pasta will make it easier to stir the sauce. The taste should be the same.
  2. You can substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef. If using Italian sausage, omit the ground fennel.
  3. I have used Kraft Singles, (slices), American cheese with good results. Just stack 1/2" of the slices and cut to dice. Repeat for the remainder of the cheese.
  4. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Reheat them in a microwave.


Calories: 522kcal