Hamburger Mix One Pan Spaghetti


We like spaghetti with the sauce mixed into it, and this recipe saves a pan as well!  It’s similar to my goulash recipe, but uses spaghetti and Italian seasoning instead.  Use whatever cheese you have on hand.  You may want to break your spaghetti in half to make it easier to mix in.  Be sure you stir it until the spaghetti softens so it doesn’t stick together in clumps.  
How much water or juice you need depends on how much liquid is in your canned tomatoes.  This recipe is a budget one, as tomatoes are usually cheaper than purchased spaghetti sauce. 
With a crisp salad, this is a perfect family meal and one I find myself making often on busy days, as the hamburger mix really shortens the time to make this.              
                            One Pan Spaghetti
     1        pint Hamburger Mix, canned or frozen (thawed)
     14 1/2   ounces  diced tomatoes -- (or 1 pint) undrained
1/2   - 2/3     Cup  water  (or tomato juice)
     1/2     teaspoon  salt
     1/2     teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
     1/2     teaspoon  Italian Seasoning
  4            ounces  Spaghetti -- uncooked
  4            tablespoons  shredded cheddar cheese -- or mozzarella
In a large skillet, stir together hamburger mix, tomatoes and 1/2 cup water, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning and spaghetti.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until spaghetti is tender, stirring frequently and adding remaining water if necessary.
Sprinkle with cheese; cover and heat until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
4 Servings

Per Serving: 302 Calories; 13g Fat (38.4% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 47mg Cholesterol; 361mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat.

If you don't have hamburger mix, you can substitute:
   1/2      pound  Ground Beef, Extra Lean
  1             small  onion -- chopped
  14 1/2   ounces  diced tomatoes -- (or 1 pint) undrained
    1/3      cup  chopped green pepper
Brown together, and finish recipe as above.

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