My Family’s Favorite Spaghetti Recipe

I will forever cherish the time I’ve been able to spend with my mom and dad this month. This isn’t the house I grew up in, but wherever they are will always feel like home to me.

We’ve referred to our family kitchen as “Katie’s Kitchen” since I was a little kid, and my family’s favorite spaghetti recipe has been served up in the Palmer home for as long as I can remember.

You start by bringing 5 cups of water, with a package of Lipton onion soup in it, to a boil. After that, you throw in 8 ounces of spaghetti and let it cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it’s tender. (Note: Do not drain the spaghetti once it’s cooked.) At the same time, you can be browning 1 pound of ground chuck or turkey, and then draining and returning it to the skillet.

After that, sprinkle the meat generously with garlic salt, and add in 2 teaspoons of oregano, and 1 teaspoon of basil.

Next, purée 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes in a blender, and then add them to the meat mixture. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

At this point my mom said, “Now I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a taster!

Apparently once everything is blended, she lets her taste buds decide whether to add more garlic salt or not. I’m still trying to perfect this part of the process, but my mom is definitely a master at it!

The last step is to add the meat sauce to the spaghetti and mix it all up.

I grew up eating spaghetti that was mixed together before it was served, so I was really confused the first time someone dumped a pile of noodles on my plate and poured spaghetti sauce all over it. I thought it was so strange that they expected me to mix it up myself- ha!

I didn’t realize how special these recipes and memories would be to me when I grew up. Here’s a printable recipe for you if you’d like to give my family’s favorite spaghetti recipe a try. I hope you love it as much as I do!

My Family’s Favorite Spaghetti Recipe


  • 5 c. water
  • 1 env. dry Lipton onion soup
  • 8 oz. package of spaghetti
  • 1 lb. ground chuck or turkey
  • garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 2 - 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes


  1. Bring water with Lipton onion soup to a boil
  2. Add spaghetti and cook uncovered for about 15 to 20 minutes or until tender
  3. Do not drain spaghetti
  4. Brown meat, drain, and return to skillet
  5. Sprinkle with garlic salt and add oregano and sweet basil
  6. Purée tomatoes in blender and add to meat mixture
  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes
  8. Add meat sauce to spaghetti and mix well

What about you? Do you have a favorite family recipe?

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  1. Justine says

    Husband took care of the meat – I did the spaghetti – result: delicious!! and fun to cook dinner together!!! Because there’s only 2 of us, we had leftovers to enjoy AGAIN tonight. Thanks for the recipe & congrats on the new home. Can’t wait to see what you do with that blank canvas!!!

  2. Angie says

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing your family’s spaghetti recipe. I made it last week for my spaghetti loving husband and it was a BIG HIT! I was a little skeptical about not draining the spaghetti first, but it worked! Thanks again. Love your blog. Can’t wait to see the changes in the new house. The neighborhood is beautiful by the way.

  3. Debora Cadene says

    I’ve made this a couple of times and I have to say it was funny watching my husbands reaction when I added the onion soup mix to the water then never drained it. This was very good. I added a wee bit of diced onion and mushrooms to it, while I cooked the beef the first time. Its awesome reheated, and also really good when you drop a spoonful of sour cream to it…….it tastes like stroganoff. Thanks for sharing this with us!! Its definitely a keeper,

  4. judy says

    I have to say when I read this recipe I thought no way would I like this but then I was so curious I had to try it. omg Im so glad I did I absolutely, love this recipe!!! so does my family!! just goes to show you you never know until you try! so glad I did thankyou so much for sharing this.

  5. Joyce Hyder says

    I have been looking for this recipe for years! I used to fix it all the time and lost the copy of the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

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