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Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
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Get ready to gobble up your new family favourite - a one-pot spaghetti dinner doused in Marinara sauce.
Created Oct 11, 2012
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  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic or 1/4 tsp (1 mL) garlic powder
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz/250 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) or 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fennel seed, if desired
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt (for cooking spaghetti), if desired
  • 8 oz uncooked spaghetti


  • 1
    Peel and chop the onion to measure 1/2 cup. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut the bell pepper in half lengthwise, and cut out seeds and membrane. Chop enough bell pepper to measure 1/4 cup. Wrap any remaining bell pepper with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • 2
    In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3
    Stir in the tomatoes with their liquid, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, the fennel seed and pepper. Heat to boiling over high heat. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat just enough so mixture bubbles gently and does not spatter.
  • 4
    Cover with lid; cook 35 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes to make sure mixture is just bubbling gently and to prevent sticking. Lower the heat if the sauce is bubbling too fast.
  • 5
    After the sauce has been cooking about 20 minutes, fill a 4-quart Dutch oven about half full of water. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt if desired. Cover with lid; heat over high heat until the water is boiling rapidly. Add the spaghetti. Heat to boiling again. Boil uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender but not mushy.
  • 6
    Place a strainer or colander in the sink. Pour the spaghetti in the strainer to drain. Serve with the tomato sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce: In a 12-inch skillet, cook 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef with the onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Place a strainer or colander in a bowl; line with a double thickness of paper towels. Pour the beef mixture into the strainer to drain. Return beef mixture to skillet; discard paper towelsand any juices in the bowl. Continue with step 3.

  • Tip 2
    Success: The sauce may look ready to eat after heating to a boil. However, the longer cook time over low heat is necessary to develop the flavours.
  • Tip 3
    Cook's Tip: A tightly held bundle of spaghetti, about the diameter of a quarter, weighs about 4 ounces.
  • Tip 4
    Simmering Marinara Sauce: Heat to boiling. Reduce heat just enough so mixtures bubbles gently and doesn't spatter.

Nutrition Information

340 Calories, 5g Total Fat, 11g Protein, 62g Total Carbs, 7g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 servings
Total Fat
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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