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Southwestern Spaghetti

Chili powder and cumin give a mild Mexican flavor to this colorful one-skillet supper. With chunks of fresh zucchini, it's a nice change of pace from typical spaghetti dishes. —Beth Coffee, Hartford City, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (7 ounces) thin spaghetti, broken into thirds
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 4 small), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove beef and set aside. In the same skillet, combine the water, tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt; bring to a boil. Stir in spaghetti; return to a boil.
  • Boil for 6 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini. Cook 4-5 minutes longer or until spaghetti and zucchini are tender, stirring several times. Stir in beef and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 340 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 600mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • jstowellsupermom
    Mar 5, 2021

    Quick and easy meal for those busy nights!

  • Dave
    Dec 19, 2019

    While the flavor was there, the actual cooking directions were way off. When I served the pasta and sauce, the pasta was half-done at best. I wasted $20 after mixing everything, cooking it and mixing it with half cooked pasta. Do yourself a favor and cook the pasta normally and mix with the rest. Not impressed at best.

  • sgronholz
    Oct 31, 2018

    I’m so glad I tried this recipe; we really enjoyed it! I did sauté the zucchini with some chopped onions until soft (we don’t care for crisp-tender zucchini) and doubled the seasonings. I also added oregano and some black olives. It was delicious, and I will be making this again!

  • puffandgus2014
    Jan 18, 2015

    This recipe is quick, delicious and inexpensive. My whole family adores it. I like to add a little chopped green pepper, celery and onion to the ground beef or turkey, while it's browning. I also add a little sugar to the tomato sauce for flavor. The cheddar cheese is great, but my sister likes it with shredded mozzarella. So yummy! Been making it for years.

  • retiredcookie2000
    Jul 8, 2014

    I followed the recipe exactly and it was quite good. I will definitely make it again. So glad I found another way to make spaghetti (my husband's favorite).

  • evrhaze
    Nov 28, 2011

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  • juicyfruit007
    Jun 13, 2011

    Nobody liked this. I am giving it a three-star instead of a two-star because I did have to substitute tomato paste & water for the tomato sauce. That may have changed the taste somewhat.

  • allaboutcookies86
    Jul 12, 2010

    I did like this very much I liked having the zucchini for something different, but it is a little bland to me. It needs a bit more flavor. Next time I will add some more seasonings, but besides that it was good.

  • mleicht
    Jul 5, 2009

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  • luvmy2boys
    Aug 15, 2007

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