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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 4, 2021

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce | Easy & Delicious Recipe

This One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce is packed with flavors, easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. The perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner or for a relaxed weekend lunch, next to a bottle of Spanish wine.

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce
The beauty of this pasta dish, is that it´s a true one-pan dish. Where the spaghetti get´s cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients. This keeps the starch from the pasta in the dish, which gives it the most incredible texture & flavor. Plus you get an easy clean-up at the end 🙂 .

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce
What really flavors this dish, is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika and the saffron. The combination of these spices take this pasta dish over the top. I also used vegetable broth instead of water. This elevates the flavor of the over-all dish. But you can also use water with a pinch of sea salt.

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the uncooked spaghetti into the pan, make sure to mix it every minute or so. This way it´s fully covered by the broth and the noodles don´t stick to each other.

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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5 from 5 votes

One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 254 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 14.5 oz can tomato sauce 410 grams
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 410 grams
  • 1 tsp dried thyme .90 grams
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 475 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 8 oz uncooked spaghetti 225 grams
  • handful finely grated manchego cheese
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • dash white sugar


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, finely dice 1 medium sized onion and roughly chop 5 cloves of garlic

  3. After heating the olive oil for 4 minutes, add in the diced onion & chopped garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and mix together, then add in one 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce, one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 tsp dried thyme, a pinch of sea salt, black pepper and a dash of white sugar, mix together and simmer

  4. After simmering for 4 minutes and the tomato sauce has slightly thickened, add in 2 cups vegetable broth and pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads, turn up the heat to a high heat, mix together and bring to a boil, then add in 8 oz uncooked spaghetti, mix every minute so all the noodles are coated in the broth and they don´t stick to each other, after 8 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed, place a lid on the pan and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  5. After simmering for 3 to 4 minutes and there is virtually no broth left, remove the pan from the heat, mix the spaghetti around so it´s evenly coated in the sauce, then finely grate some manchego cheese over the spaghetti and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
One-Pan Spaghetti with a Smoky Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 2315mg101%
Potassium 1182mg34%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1652IU33%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Cait

    5 stars
    Thanks again for another amazing recipe 😷

    10 . Dec . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      11 . Dec . 2022
  2. AC Robinson

    5 stars
    how would i go about adding ground beef to this recipe?
    would have to fry up the meat beforehand & add it in?

    08 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sautee the meat first and then continue with the recipe as is 🙂 Much love

      08 . Aug . 2022
  3. Dora

    Hi, new here. This recipe looks easy & tasty. Wanna try it for tonight’s dinner, I have everything except saffron. Can I substitute it with something else?

    01 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use a pinch of ground turmeric 🙂 much love

      03 . Aug . 2022
  4. Kh

    We loved this dish 🙂 thank you

    24 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      24 . Jul . 2022
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  6. Robert

    5 stars
    So awesome that I need to leave a comment here 🙂 Thank you.

    27 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      28 . Jan . 2022
  7. Barry Simpson

    I made this and it was so good. I gave the recipe too a friend who’s partner is a vegetarian and was a massive it. She loved it so much that he did it twice in a week, Thanks. Tonight its my turn again.

    20 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      21 . Oct . 2021
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  9. Mala

    Best recipe ever. I love it

    23 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      25 . Aug . 2021
  10. Christopher

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Had everything in the pantry. This will be on our regular pasta rotation. Thanks for a great dish!

    09 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      09 . Aug . 2021
  11. Stephen Bloom

    5 stars
    A great easy recipe. I did add meat to the sauce which I had made myself a couple of days earlier.

    05 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Much love 🙂

      05 . Aug . 2021
  12. Ramya

    will be making this soon can i use vegan cheese as am a vegan can i use penne as spaghetti is difficult for me to eat i love pasta sooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    04 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use any pasta you like here 🙂 much love Ramya!

      05 . Aug . 2021

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