One-Pot Spaghetti Bolognese with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Spaghetti Bolognese in a pan
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5 from 4 reviews

Spaghetti bolognese goes from a weekend kitchen project to weeknight go-to dinner thanks to a few key shortcuts that help get dinner on the table in less than an hour. Italian sausage and ground beef cook together in a simple short-cut sauce brightened with a pop of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs. It’s hearty and comforting with minimal clean-up.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces ground beef
  • 2 Italian sausage links (about 7 ounces), casings removed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 cup store-bought marinara sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. In a large pan (see note), heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and sausage and cook it, breaking it apart with a spatula, until it’s no longer pink. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes and cook them with the meat for two to three minutes.
  2. Add the marinara sauce, water, and salt and stir to combine. Bring the pan to a boil and add the spaghetti. Adjust the heat to maintain a strong simmer and cook the pasta in the sauce for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the pasta is tender. Add the herbs and stir. Top each serving with grated parmesan cheese if using.


You will need a large pan for this recipe. The I used is about 11.5″ and 2.5″ deep which is plenty big enough to hold the uncooked spaghetti and all of the sauce. If you’re worried about the size of your pan, consider just breaking the spaghetti in half.  No shame, I say, so if your pan is not quite big enough don’t overthink it and just adjust and call  it “broken spaghetti bolognese.”

Nutrition estimates do not include the grated Parmesan cheese.


Keywords: one pan spaghetti bolognese, one pan spaghetti with meat sauce