How to make spaghetti in a couple easy steps

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It's really easy to make spaghetti at home! Using jarred tomato sauce means you can have dinner on the table in under a half hour, too. Keep on reading to find out how to make a basic spaghetti with meat sauce!

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Step 1: Get your supplies

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Before you can start making your spaghetti you will need to first get the proper supplies and materials. To make this spaghetti you will need:

  • a box of spaghetti
  • a jar of marinara sauce
  • 1-2 pounds of ground beef or Italian sausage
  • two large pots, one for boiling the pasta and the other for making the sauce
  • serving untensils
  • salt
  • water

You can use as much meat as you want, really - but anywhere from 1-2 pounds per large jar of sauce should work out best. I tend to use 1 pound of meat nearly every time.

Step 2: Cooking the meat + get the water boiling

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Before you start, fill up a large pot with water and add a handful of salt. Put it on the stove and turn it to high so it'll start boiling!

Next you will need to cook the of meat. Take all of the meat out of its container and set it all in a large pan, then put the pan on the stove and set the stove to medium.

After that you will need to break the meat into smaller pieces. When the meat is in small pieces you will then need to start flipping the meat and make sure it gets brown all-around and cooked thoroughly. The cooking should take approximately 10-15 minutes. When all of the meat is brown and cooked you can add in the sauce.

Step 3: Mixing in the sauce

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Next you will need to mix your marinara sauce with your cooked meat. Take your jar of marinara sauce and pour all of it on the cooked meat and then stir it all around until it is all blended together. Then turn the heat down to low and let it simmer while you cook the pasta.


I was taught to rinse the noodles in the strainer after cooking under hot running water to help get rid of the starch before adding to the sauce, and also to drain off any excess grease from the meat. I agree with TizianaZ and jenn67.

jmajeremy1 year ago

For pasta that sticks less, I recommend putting the noodles in the warm water before it even boils. This washes off some of the starch.

You don't necessarily need to break the noodles in half if you'd prefer long noodles!

Finally, once the noodles are ready, you can put them through a strainer over the sink to get rid of water, then put them back on the stove at very low heat to keep them warm.

Oh please no, no no. As Italian your tips almost hurt me!

Never ever put pasta in the warm water, before it reaches the boiling point, especially if you are cooking real Italian pasta like the Barilla in the picture. Cooking real Italian spaghetti is very easy, the important thing is that you put enough water in the pot and then you don't forget to stir them periodically. Putting them when the water is not hot enough will cause them to absorb too much water and they will become just gummy-like and oddly soft.

Spaghetti shouldn't be cut in half, but just rolled around your fork, but if you don't know how to do it of course you can cut them.

Keeping them warm without the sauce is not recommended, they would lose water and become super sticky (which is what we want to avoid). Timing is your best friend. In case, it's better to prepare the sauce and once it's ready dedicate your time to the spaghetti.

jenn67 TizianaZ25 days ago

Also, I ALWAYS drain my meat to avoid all that grease/fat in the sauce.

jenn67 TizianaZ25 days ago

I couldn't have said it better myself, TizianaZ.

Łukasz25 days ago
Nice one grant wagman, easy and tastey fast food