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One Pot Creamy Spaghetti

I received a really nice comment from a reader of another cheap dinner recipe I shared some time ago:

You may not realize it, but these kind of simple comments are like fuel in the gas tank for someone like me! I love sharing recipes, thoughts, and ideas with you and always hope it’s helpful in your daily life. I’m a busy working mom and if I can help any one of you who are in the same boat find some simple solutions for common life stuff (like, “what’s for dinner?!”), then I feel like we’re winning!

So, that comment made me want to write more simple, super cheap, and very easy dinner recipes. This one takes the cake! Well, except that there is no actual cake involved. 🙂 (Don’t be sad… if you want cake, here you go!)

One Pot Creamy Spaghetti is absolutely the easiest and cheapest meal I make and I’ve made it hundreds of times.

Thank You Notes to Cream Cheese

Dear Cream Cheese,

Thank you for…

Nope. I’m going to stop right there because I am NOT funny enough to pull this off! I’ll leave the ‘thank you notes’ writing to Jimmy Fallon. But I will say that I am a huge cream cheese fan. It makes (almost) everything better. That includes spaghetti!

Some years back I caught a Philadelphia Cream Cheese commercial where they suggested mixing cream cheese into spaghetti sauce. At the time I was a vegetarian and loved the idea of a quick fix spaghetti dinner without meat sauce. Now, I’m mostly a fan because skipping the meat in a spaghetti dinner saves probably at least $3.99, and probably more.

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The Sauce

It all begins with the sauce. I suggest you use your favorite 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce, but I’m a fan of this one from Aldi:

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This pasta sauce is great! I would say the flavor is comparable to Prego. At my Aldi store in Ohio, this sauce is usually $0.99 a jar. I think the most I’ve paid is $1.19 a jar.

In the One Pot Creamy Spaghetti recipe, you’ll combine the pasta sauce, cream cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese (the kind that comes in a can, not fresh) in the same pot you cooked the spaghetti in, then simmer on low until the cream cheese is soft.

Once the cream cheese is softened, I use a whisk to mix the sauce well. It does take a couple minutes of whisking to work all of the cream cheese into the sauce. Finally, I pour the cooked pasta (I like angel hair) back into the pot and use tongs or a spaghetti spoon to mix well until the pasta is completely coated in the creamy sauce.

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The Bread

It baffles me the the expected side for a plate of carb-filled spaghetti is bread, but who am I to argue? I love the fresh baked Italian bread near the bakery section at my local Kroger store. For $1.25 a loaf, it’s a win!

If you prefer crisp, buttery garlic bread, it’s easy to make! Just slice the Italian bread loaf in half lengthwise, melt a stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl, stir some grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder into the melted butter, spread the butter mixture generously onto the bread using a pastry brush, then bake the bread at 350 for about 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Easy!

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The Veg

My favorite veggie to serve with One Pot Creamy Spaghetti is French style green beans. I go the very simple route and toss a bag of these frozen green beans into a pot on the stove, add two tablespoons of butter and a dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then cook over medium-low heat until hot. I usually start the green beans first and they cook while I prep the spaghetti.

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Break It Down

The whole pot of spaghetti costs just $3.45 to make! It’s 8 servings, so that is $0.43 per serving.

Now, that is obviously an incredibly cheap dinner, but I have a few thoughts before I give you my final price breakdown:

  1. The One Pot Creamy Spaghetti alone is not a meal. You’ll of course want to serve sides with it, which is why I’ve figured green beans and bread into the final price per serving.
  2. You may also want to serve a fresh green salad with this meal. I did not include a salad in the final price per serving.
  3. Full disclosure: I used fresh parsley in the pictures to make the dish look pretty. I did not factor the price of the parsley in to the final cost per serving. I will tell you the whole bunch of parsley cost me $0.89 at Kroger and I used just a pinch.
  4. Now, here’s the kicker: the spaghetti recipe makes 8 servings, but I figured two servings per person in the final price. That means you can feed everyone at your table TWO full servings of spaghetti or have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. This is not a skimpy portion to save money!
Ingredients:

Angel hair pasta (1 box) – $1.00 at Kroger
Marinara sauce (1 jar) – $0.99 at Aldi
Cream cheese (1 block) – $1.00 at Kroger
Grated Parmesan cheese (1/3 cup) – $2.29 for one can at Aldi; $0.46 worth used for this recipe
Italian bread (1 loaf) – $1.25 at Kroger
French cut green beans (1 bag) – $1.00 at Kroger
Butter (2 tablespoons) – $2.99 a pound at Aldi; $0.19 worth used for this recipe

Dinner total: $5.89

Dinner total per person: $1.47

Again, that total is for the whole dinner including two servings of One Pot Creamy Spaghetti, fresh Italian bread, and a serving of green beans.

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Working Mom Magic

The best part of this meal to me is that it’s ready to eat in under 30 minutes! After a long day of work, sometimes fixing dinner for the family can make me want to cry. It’s like the straw that breaks the working mom camel’s back. But this dinner is a snap!

Two whole pots to clean up (one for spaghetti and one for green beans)? I can do that. Have a kiddo set the table with paper plates and you’re well on your way to almost no dishes. 🙂

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One Pot Creamy Spaghetti
Serves 8
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
367 calories
50 g
37 g
13 g
12 g
6 g
174 g
514 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
174g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367
Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 6g
32%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 37mg
12%
Sodium 514mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 50g
17%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 7g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
19%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
11%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 16 ounce box spaghetti (or angel hair)
  2. 8 ounce block cream cheese, cubed
  3. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  4. 1 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. 1. In a large pot, cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions just until al dente. Drain the pasta in a collandar and set aside.
  2. 2. Pour the marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese into the pot and heat on low for 5 minutes until the cream cheese is soft. *I recommend using a lid or splatter screen to prevent the sauce from splattering all over your stove.
  3. 3. Once the cream cheese is soft, use a whisk to stir the sauce until completely combined (may take a minute or two).
  4. 4. Pour the cooked spaghetti into the sauce and use tongs or a spaghetti spoon to stir well until the pasta is completely coated in the sauce.
  5. Serve immediately.
Optional Garnish
  1. Fresh parsley
  2. Grated Parmesan cheese
  3. Shredded mozzarella cheese
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calories
367
fat
13g
protein
12g
carbs
50g
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Enjoy!

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15 Comments on One Pot Creamy Spaghetti

  1. Blair villanueva
    January 17, 2018 at 11:52 pm (1 month ago)

    Wow this is economical! My Mom will love this recipe, she is also into saving and cooking from scratch, and loves spaghetti.

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  2. tina grant
    January 18, 2018 at 1:35 am (1 month ago)

    I love how easy this is to make. Perfect after a long day at work. I hate having to cook long extensive meals. Thanks

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  3. Nancy
    January 18, 2018 at 10:44 am (1 month ago)

    I love your ode to cream cheese. When I saw the ‘creamy spaghetti’ I was trying to figure out exactly how you made it creamy! Now that’s the trick… this recipe looks delicious.

    Reply
  4. Leigh Anne Borders
    January 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm (1 month ago)

    Your one pot spaghetti looks absolutely amazing. I love adding green beans and bread to this dish. This is certainly going to be something I make my family next week.

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  5. Jenny
    January 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm (1 month ago)

    I save a lot of recipes because they look yummy, but this is one I truly intend to try. Looks delicious and seems practical (I hate having to hunt for obscure ingredients in grocery stores).

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  6. Fatima Torres
    January 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm (1 month ago)

    I love mixing veggies into my pasta. It helps my husband eat more of them — otherwise, he wouldn’t touch veggies.

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  7. meeta
    January 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Easy simple and tasty just how one pot meals should be!

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  8. Wendy Polisi
    January 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm (1 month ago)

    This made my mouth water. I was going to make spaghetti tonight too!

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  9. Ada
    January 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm (1 month ago)

    Wow, this sounds so amazing. I will have to try making this soon.

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  10. Sudip Saha
    January 19, 2018 at 8:50 am (1 month ago)

    Thanks for the recipes. I will try to prepare it in the weekend.

    Reply
  11. Aduke Schulist
    January 19, 2018 at 5:58 pm (1 month ago)

    I’ve never tried a one pot recipe like this before. I need to because this looks so good.

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  12. angie
    January 19, 2018 at 10:57 pm (1 month ago)

    love budget friendly meals this recipee would be great on a cold winter night thanks for sharing

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  13. Vanessa Palma
    January 20, 2018 at 6:18 am (1 month ago)

    I never thought of using cream cheese in spaghetti, but it looks and sounds super yummy.

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  14. Hannah Marie
    January 20, 2018 at 7:53 am (1 month ago)

    Yes for cream cheese in spaghetti sauce! I honestly don’t like cream cheese as is, but I love the taste of spaghetti with it!

    Reply
  15. Ruth I.
    January 21, 2018 at 6:32 am (1 month ago)

    Anything easy, affordable and delicious recipe is a must try for me! I like that you added cream cheese, it adds a lot to the flavor.

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