Spinach Spaghetti

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 2, 2010

Sneaky chef concept here.

In a not-so-sneaky way!

This has become my “go to meal” lately…for those days when a curve ball gets thrown at me…and my brain can’t seem to form a coherent thought…much less a plan for dinner.

This meal is a one pot meal.  Starch, protein, veggies.  All in one pot.

Easy to make, easy to clean up.

Even if it’s not so sneaky. It’s still easy.

Oh…and I imagine that we’ll be eating this often…with the spinach harvest that’s coming our way.  More on that tomorrow!

1 lb. spaghetti noodles ($.50) After sale and coupon
1 lb. ground chuck ($1.69)
1/2 onion, chopped ($.10)
1 jar Classico pasta sauce ($.99) After sale, store promotion and coupon
1 box frozen spinach ($.50) After sale and coupon

1. Cook pasta noodles according to package instructions.
2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef with chopped onion. Drain, rinse. Return to skillet. Add pasta sauce. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
3. While ground beef is browning, cook the spinach in the microwave as directed. Once cooked, drain off as much liquid as you can. Then stir into the meat sauce.
4. Serve Spinach Spaghetti to the hungry masses.

Cost $3.78

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leslie April 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Pasta of any sort is my go-to meal when I’m in a rush! I either make a light flavor out of olive oil, basil, parmesan cheese and broccoli or I make a red sauce with a can of tomato sauce, some spices and cheese. It is always quick, filling and makes enough for lunch the next day!


Jennifer @ Saving and Giving April 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I’m not a fan of spinach, but this looks great. I may have to try it just to sneak veggies in on myself in a not-so-sneaky way!


Jessica April 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

I’ve tried this one out and it was awesome! I made a healthier version though by using tuna instead of beef and whole wheat pasta instead of the ordinary one. Really great recipe.


Mandy April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am

this looks yummo and a great menu staple! i think i might try it with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. thanks for the inspiration!


Sue April 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This looks good, but it’s not quite a one pot meal.


rachel April 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

This is not my husband’s fave, but I like to make it for me and the kids (and he just has to deal). Nobody here goes for the spinach, though, so a lot of times I will puree it in the blender before I add it. Also works for any kind of squash. Then I pour the extra veggies in the ice cube tray for the next time we have a meal like this.


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Steph August 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

My kids are somewhat picky as well, so I would have to puree the spinach as well.
I recently made homemade marinara sauce and included a LOT of veggies. My oldest son refuses to eat marinara, but ate mine saying it was “okay”. He is spoiled though and refuses to eat any jarred sauces because I taught him how to make homemade alfredo…


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