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Spaghetti Bolognese is the only recipe in the house where I can afford to get really creative with the ingredients without the boys turning their nose up. I have tried adding Quorn, beef, chicken, turkey and even egg and so far they’ve all come out quite tasty and well-received.

On Tuesday evenings, my eldest has football lessons after school and so I only have half an hour or so to get a meal onto the table before the bedtime routine starts. It was a particularly disorganised week, as I had forgotten to meal plan and we had lots of visitors come over, so our supplies were lower than usual. All I had to hand were some tomatoes, spaghetti, spinach, and onions. I didn’t even have any meat left in the fridge/freezer. But, the good thing about one-pot meals is that it gives ingredients the opportunity to merge their flavours into one and bring everything out in one pot. So, I decided, with a little help from Martha Stewart’s one-pot pasta, to make a quick and easy, yet flavoursome, spaghetti that the boys would enjoy in abundance. I’ve changed the recipe up a bit, opting to add spinach instead of basil, paprika instead of red chilli flakes, a pinch of sugar to bring the onions out and make them sweeter, and 1 teaspoon of rock sea salt instead 2 teaspoons, which I thought was a bit too much and not needed.

The result is, very surprisingly, the best spaghetti that I have ever tasted – PERIOD! It may also be the easiest recipe that I have ever made in my entire life too. You have an entire spaghetti meal made for the family in just under 10 minutes and only using one pan, so less washing up too, which is brilliant!

For a meat injection, just add cooked meats or brown your chicken/meat in a frying pan first, making sure it has cooked through before adding the rest of your ingredients. For the vegans, I found tofu a great addition to the spaghetti. Just brown them first as you would the meat and then add the rest of the ingredients as stated below.

For a cheesy finish, just top the spaghetti with some grated Parmesan or Cheddar cheese when you’re ready to serve, so the cheese melts on top. Or, for the vegans amongst us (me now), Nutritional Yeast is awesome on top of this spaghetti.

Have you got 10 – 15 minutes? Let’s go, go, go!

One-pot spaghetti in under ten minutes - ingredients - fiveforafiver

One-pot five-ingredient spaghetti in under ten minutes

Recipe by Five for a Fiver


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You can cook my favourite one-pot five-ingredient spaghetti in under ten minutes, plus it feeds 4 hungry people at dinner!


  • 12 ounces / 340 grams of spaghetti

  • 1 large onion thinly sliced

  • 12 ounces / 340 grams of cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered

  • Large handful spinach

  • A quarter of a bag of mixed veg – or whatever you have in the house!

  • Seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced or 1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic granules/powder

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • 4 1/2 cups of boiling water

  • 1 tsp sea salt – you can add an extra 1/2 tsp if you want your spaghetti to be saltier, but I don’t think it’s needed.

  • A pinch of black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp mixed herbs

  • Pinch of sugar


  • Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes (if you’re using meat in this spaghetti, brown the meat with the onions at this stage)
  • Once the onions are translucent, add your water, tomato, mixed veg and seasoning
  • Once the water is bubbling, add the spaghetti and spinach and turn the heat right down, covering the top.
  • Cook for around 9 minutes, stirring occasionally so the spaghetti doesn’t congeal together.
  • Serve hot!


  • For an extra burst of flavour, I sometimes add magic sauce a la ketchup to compensate for tomato puree which the boys love!
  • Add cheese if you want on top to finish the dish
One-pot spaghetti in under ten minutes - finished product - fiveforafiver

Just don’t forget to tag me at @fiveforafiver (@fiveforafiver1 via Instagram) and use the hashtags #FiverFoodies and/or #FiveforaFiver so I can see your awesome creations.

Price for ingredients via Tesco – £4.03 (as at 12 June 2016) Prices may vary after this date

Photos by Tomas Preston Photography

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  1. One pot and under 10 minutes? Wow – this is so my kind of recipe. I do love recipes born out of being in a tight fix…I’m sure I am more creative in those times! And I am very familiar with the kids at clubs only 30 minutes tom make and eat dinner scenario – it happens to me every week on a Wednesday when my kids do gymnastics and every Friday after their swimming lessons!! Thanks for sharing this lovely easy recipe with #cookblogshare 🙂 Eb x

  2. This looks so, so yummy! I love nothing more than a quick meal with ingredients I love. Definitely going to make this in a couple of weeks when I’m only cooking for me x

  3. Thanks Eb and Jade, I am slowly getting into the position of having around 30 minutes to make dinner, so will definitely be posting more super quick 5-ingredient recipes from now on! x

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