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Perfect Pantry Pasta: A meal made easy with household essentials

Creamy One-Pot Spaghetti

Constantly seeking out recipe-specific ingredients that may only be used once or twice can be a burden. Instead, keep your home stocked with necessities to simplify dinner prep with dishes made using common household staples. One perfect example: pasta. This recipe for Creamy One-Pot Spaghetti includes easily recognizable seasonings and canned goods for simple dinner solutions. Plus, it includes dairy, an irreplaceable part of a balanced diet as a source of essential nutrients.

Another way to scale back on unnecessary grocery purchases is to give yourself permission to modify. Many recipes can be tweaked for personal preferences, such as using black beans rather than kidney beans or adjusting the amount of a spice used based on your family’s tastes. Stock your pantry and refrigerator with versatile ingredients like these:

  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned beans
  • Quick-cook rice
  • Small whole-grain pasta
  • Stock, like vegetable, chicken or beef
  • Fluid milk
  • Shredded cheese
  • Plain Greek yogurt

For more ideas to simplify family meals, visit milkmeansmore.org.

Creamy One-Pot Spaghetti
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, broken into 3-4-inch pieces
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • chopped fresh basil or parsley (optional)

1. Using sauté function of pressure cooker, heat oil until hot. Add meat and onion. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes, or until meat is browned, stirring to break up. Press cancel.
2. Stir broth, marinara sauce, fennel seeds and cayenne pepper into meat. Stir in spaghetti, making sure noodle pieces are covered by liquid. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function. Select high pressure and cook 5 minutes. Press cancel.
3. Allow pressure to release naturally 2 minutes. Move pressure re-lease to venting function to release remaining steam. Remove lid.
4. Stir spaghetti mixture. Stir in cream cheese and 1 cup cheddar cheese until melted. Ladle into bowls to serve. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Garnish with chopped fresh basil or parsley, if desired.

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