Poor Man’s Spaghetti

My Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

What exactly is poor man’s spaghetti? Growing up in my mom’s kitchen, it meant using jarred sauce instead of sauce made from scratch. It’s a very simple, very quick way to make a delicious meal after a long day at work. There’s really no need for a recipe, but Mike is beginning to cook and he asked for this. My husband asks sweetly? I bend over backwards to make it happen.

Poor Man’s Spaghetti

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins


  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (any basic red sauce will do)
  • 1 Box Thin Spaghetti


Bring large pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente.

Peel and chop onion and garlic. In large saute pan, add ground beef, onions, and garlic. Add garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt and ground black pepper. Brown over medium high heat until beef is done. As beef is cooking, break into small chunks.

Quick and easy, but so delicious!

Once beef is well-done, add spaghetti sauce and turn heat to medium low. If sauce is thick, use some of the pasta water to thin to the consistency you prefer.

Cover pan and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is hot.

Drain pasta and add a scoop to your plate. Add sauce and grated cheese on top to taste.


About Beth

Newlywed. Lover of bicycles, cupcakes, penguins, polar bears, animals, books, cooking, and video games. I'm old enough to know better, but sometimes I do it anyway.

Posted on October 30, 2012, in Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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