Parenting Tales, Recipes

Homemade Spaghetti-O’s

How did I not think of this before?

My own DIY version of ABC Spaghetti-O's with meatballs.

My twins are once again on a big Spaghetti-O’s (with meatballs!) tear, requesting them almost every day for lunch. They easily go through more than a can of these at a sitting. I usually purchase Spaghetti-O’s at our local bent and dent grocery store for 55 cents a can, which is a pretty good deal considering they sell for close to $1 for a small can anywhere else. Well, I ran out this week and vowed to not buy any for a little while. Why in the world couldn’t I just make my own? They’ve got to be simple, plus we all know homemade is typically healthier by a long shot. I didn’t have any “O” shaped noodles, which are called anellini, but used alphabet noodles instead. A 2 pound bag to be more specific. As you can tell, it made a LOT. Honestly, I didn’t use a set recipe, just kind of threw this together as I went. Here’s what I used, and once again I apologize for not having set amounts, etc. I’m not always the most detail-oriented person, but I don’t think you can really mess this up.

-2 lb. alphabet noodles, cooked and drained

-Tomato sauce-1 jar of commercial sauce and 1 jar of our own canned tomato sauce

-Meatballs-ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, parmesan cheese, seasonings (salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, etc.), worcestershire sauce. Roll into 1″ balls, place on baking sheets, and bake at 400 for @15 minutes or until middle is no longer pink.

Combine cooked noodles, tomato sauce, and baked meatballs in a large saucepan and heat thoroughly. Season to taste.

I looked up several recipes for these after the fact and saw that some people use canned tomato soup and shredded cheddar cheese. I didn’t add in any cheese yet, but it’s pretty good without it. I had to sample it too, you know 😉

One of my cutie-pie nieces taste testing them. She didn't say they were "yucky" and ate a huge bowlful, so I guess she liked them!

Now, the only question is, what do I do with this many Spaghetti-O’s? Do I can them? Freeze small batches? I do have to mention that these did not cost much to make and I ended up with I have no idea how many cans’ worth on my hands. So, it may be cheaper and healthier to make your own if you have a bunch of Spaghetti-O fiends in your household.

Bon Apetit!


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