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Easy Peasy Hamburger Spaghetti

Updated on July 13, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Easy Peasy Hamburger Spaghetti
Easy Peasy Hamburger Spaghetti | Source
4 stars from 2 ratings of Hamburger Spaghetti

This is probably one of the easiest meals that I make. But as easy as it is, it is also probably one of the most delicious.

We eat a lot of Italian and Mexican food in our home. So you'll always find tomato sauce and pasta in our pantry.

When we have a chance, I really like to make my own Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce with tomatoes from our plants out the side of the house, or when we get a good supply of fresh tomatoes, but we didn't have any available for this recipe.

If you prefer, you can make this dish without the hamburger for a nice vegetarian meal, add some delicious Turkey Meatballs for a traditional spaghetti and meatballs, or even add some chicken and make this Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti.

I know you'll really enjoy this simple to make, but super delicious recipe. Let's get started on making it for yourself!

Step One: Fill a small soup pot with water to boil your noodles
Step One: Fill a small soup pot with water to boil your noodles | Source
Step Two: Add a pinch of salt to your water and boil it on high heat
Step Two: Add a pinch of salt to your water and boil it on high heat | Source
Step Three: Defrost your hamburger (My husband cooks it all ahead of time and bags it up into separate pounds)
Step Three: Defrost your hamburger (My husband cooks it all ahead of time and bags it up into separate pounds) | Source
Step Four: Pour your defrosted hamburger meat into a medium sauce pot
Step Four: Pour your defrosted hamburger meat into a medium sauce pot | Source
This is one handy tool my mother-in-law introduced to me to help me measure out the right amount of spaghetti.
This is one handy tool my mother-in-law introduced to me to help me measure out the right amount of spaghetti. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves about 3 people 1 cup of spaghetti and sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 inches angel hair pasta
  • 1 (24oz) jar pasta sauce, (or see my recipe for Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce)
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. I start by filling a small soup pot at least halfway full with water to boil my spaghetti.
  2. Set your pot on the stove and add a pinch of salt to it. The salt helps it to heat up faster and boil hotter.
  3. Finally, cover it with a lid and boil it on high heat.
  4. In the meantime, you'll want to cook your pound of hamburger, or in my case, defrost it.
  5. My husband immediately cooks all of our raw hamburger meat when we get it home from the grocery store, bags it up into sandwich bags by the pound, and freezes it so I can use it when I need it.
  6. When defrosted, or cooked completely, pour it into a medium saucepan for your pasta sauce.
  7. When your water is boiling, add the right amount of pasta desired to your pot.
  8. I only wanted two servings, and thanks to my handy dandy pasta measuring tool, I was able to measure out the exact amount I wanted for the two of us.
  9. I also break my pasta in half before adding it into the water, and then I stir it immediately with a wooden spoon so it wouldn't stick to the pot or stick to each other.
  10. I put the cover back on, but only halfway, to keep it from splashing out of the pot.
  11. Now we make the pasta sauce.
  12. Add in the whole jar of pasta sauce to your medium sauce pot of hamburger. If you prefer to use my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce recipe, use about 3 cups of sauce.
  13. Season your sauce with basil and oregano.
  14. Now add your parsley and mix everything together well.
  15. Cover your pot and continue heating together for 3-5 minutes.
  16. When your pasta is done, meaning that you should pull out a piece or two and test it for doneness, pour it into a strainer in your sink.
  17. Do NOT rinse it with water. It has a natural coating from cooking that will keep it from sticking together.
  18. When everything is done, I highly suggest piling on the spaghetti sauce on top of your noodles, and then liberally pour Parmesan on top of that.
  19. Serve alongside a salad or steamed veggies for the best result, with a few pieces of my Easy Peasy Garlic Bread, of course.
  20. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Five: Measure out the right amount of spaghetti noodles. I measured for two people.Step Six: When your water is boiling rapidly, add your noodles.I break all of mine in half so that they fit into the pot completely.I also put the cover back on, but not completely to block the boiling water from splashing out.Step Seven: When your noodles are finished, pour them into a strainer in the sinkStep Eight: Add in your pasta sauce to your hamburger in the sauce potStep Nine: Now add your basil and oreganoStep Ten: Finally, add in your parsleyMix everything together.Step Eleven: Add in about a half cup of water to thin it out enough to pour it onto your spaghettiStep Twelve: Enjoy!!
Step Five: Measure out the right amount of spaghetti noodles. I measured for two people.
Step Five: Measure out the right amount of spaghetti noodles. I measured for two people. | Source
Step Six: When your water is boiling rapidly, add your noodles.
Step Six: When your water is boiling rapidly, add your noodles. | Source
I break all of mine in half so that they fit into the pot completely.
I break all of mine in half so that they fit into the pot completely. | Source
I also put the cover back on, but not completely to block the boiling water from splashing out.
I also put the cover back on, but not completely to block the boiling water from splashing out. | Source
Step Seven: When your noodles are finished, pour them into a strainer in the sink
Step Seven: When your noodles are finished, pour them into a strainer in the sink | Source
Step Eight: Add in your pasta sauce to your hamburger in the sauce pot
Step Eight: Add in your pasta sauce to your hamburger in the sauce pot | Source
Step Nine: Now add your basil and oregano
Step Nine: Now add your basil and oregano | Source
Step Ten: Finally, add in your parsley
Step Ten: Finally, add in your parsley | Source
Mix everything together.
Mix everything together. | Source
Step Eleven: Add in about a half cup of water to thin it out enough to pour it onto your spaghetti
Step Eleven: Add in about a half cup of water to thin it out enough to pour it onto your spaghetti | Source
Step Twelve: Enjoy!!
Step Twelve: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of hamburger spaghetti
Calories 185
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 35 mg12%
Sodium 931 mg39%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

The only suggestion that I might make in regards to making this meal that much better is to avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in store bought pasta in the jar, and make your own at home.

See my recipe for Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce for a simple and delicious tomato sauce that can be used in a variety of ways, in many different dishes.

I like to use angel hair rather than regular spaghetti pasta because it gives my pasta dishes a much lighter, airier feeling than a heavy, thick spaghetti pasta. I've always liked the texture and the change in taste angel hair makes in every meal in which it is served.

Obviously it doesn't actually change the taste of the pasta, but instead gives you the opportunity to enjoy all of the other flavors the dish includes.

And finally, we don't usually have Italian dishes (not even pizza) without a good dose of yummy Parmesan cheese. You've seen in past recipes that I will even put it on my mashed potatoes. Parmesan kind of gives the meal a nice finish.

Serve your spaghetti with a hearty helping of my Amazingly Delicious Steamed Brussel Sprouts, or even some Easy Peasy Steamed Broccoli for a nice addition.

And of course, it wouldn't be an Italian dish without some Fantastic But Easy Garlic Bread. Enjoy!!

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      lol My husband actually just told me that he was glad that I had this "writing blog" because he was getting some really great dinners out of it!

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment. I appreciate the comments!

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      Amie Butchko 

      4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Pretty inspiring! You must eat some great meals at your house - I am glad my husband doesn't read hub pages, or he'd be calling me out! Yet another easy, nutritious and kid-friendly meal to make my weeknights just a little smoother. Now, why don't I have any tomato sauce in my pantry? If I did, I'd be making this tonight...

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      lol I love mushrooms! That sounds like an amazing idea! :) I'll have to try that next time. We don't normally have fresh mushrooms in the house though. So when we do, I normally make my yummy Mushroom Chicken.

      Thanks for the comment and wonderful suggestion!

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      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I never thought of adding parsley to my spaghetti but I am sure it must be delicious. Herbs always add a nice touch! What I like to add to my spaghetti sometimes is mushrooms :-) I can see that your plate is clean and you enjoyed your meal ;-)

      Have a nice evening!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I'm glad you enjoyed it Eddy! Do you normally use any meats in your spaghetti?

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Another great recipe to save and try out.

      Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thank you! You too!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One of my favorite quick meals. :) Hope you are having a great weekend.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! This one was easy! :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great hub!

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