Homemade SpaghettiOs - Recipe (2024)

Uh oh, spaghettios. This healthy homemade spaghettios recipe tastes even better than the real thing!

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The original SpaghettiOs

More than 150 million cans of Campbell’s SpaghettiOs are sold each year, many of which are consumed by children.

There’s just something about those cute little os in the cheesy tomato sauce that’s impossible to resist.

SpaghettiOs were a common sight in my own elementary school lunchbox, much to the bemusem*nt of my traditional Italian grandmother.

I remember her once picking up a can, reading the label, and saying to me, “This is NOT food.”

When Campbell’s introduced the idea of canned spaghetti back in 1965, I think she may have cried.

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Easy homemade spaghettios recipe

With kids still in school for a few more weeks, it seemed like a good time to try and create a homemade spaghettios recipe.

But this one has no high fructose corn syrup or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Healthy spaghettios! And yes, they fit perfectly into a lunchbox thermos.

Pack them up alongside a few healthy Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Black Bean Brownies, or these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Healthy spaghettios ingredients

I used anellini pasta for a traditional Spaghetti Os shape, but you can easily substitute whatever small pasta shape you have on hand.

The spaghetti Os can be dairy free, egg free, soy free, vegan, low fat, low calorie, and added sugar free. For gluten free homemade Spaghettios, just use a gluten free pasta.

They even make gluten free quinoa anellini if you want a true SpaghettiOs shape but wish to keep it gluten free.

Nutritional yeast is a completely natural, and very healthy, product that can be found at Whole Foods, on Amazon, or in the natural food section of many regular grocery stores. It is high inprotein and boasts an impressive listof vitamins.

Don’t get it confused with brewers yeast or the yeast you’d use for bread. Here, nutritional yeast is used as a vegan alternative to Parmesan cheese. It gives the homemade spaghettios a deliciously cheesy flavor.

For vegan spaghettios, use dairy free butter and plant based milk. I have not tried the recipe with oil instead of butter. We did try a fat free version and were not fans. So we do not recommend omitting it.

These homemade Spaghettios are Italian-grandma approved!

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How to make homemade spaghettios

Combine the onion powder, paprika, sweetener, nutritional yeast or Parmesan, salt, milk of choice, no salt added tomato sauce, and butter in a small saucepan.

Bring the pasta sauce to a boil. Then lower the heat and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until hot.

While the red sauce is cooking, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.

Once the water starts to boil, throw in the pasta and cook according to package directions or until desired pasta texture is reached. (I like al dente pasta.)

Drain, then pat dry with a towel. Pour the pasta into the sauce, and stir to coat the spaghettios. Serve hot.

Leftover spaghettios can be stored in an airtight covered container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Reheat leftovers on the stove top or in the microwave, adding a little milk of choice as needed to get the sauce creamy again.

Although you technically can freeze pasta, it will change the texture of both the noodles and the sauce. So I do not recommend freezing leftover pasta in general.

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Using a food scale

If you wish to use gram measurements instead of the cups and tablespoons listed further below, here are the amounts to use in grams:

130 grams of pasta, 425 grams of tomato sauce, 12 grams of Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, 30 grams of milk (plant based milks work too), 10 grams butter spread, and 12 grams of sweetener.

Also remember to add in the onion powder, salt, and paprika.

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Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes minutes

Total Time 20 minutes minutes

Yield 3 – 4 servings

5 from 165 votes


  • 15 oz no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp salt, as desired
  • 1 tbsp butter (vegan brands work too)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or Parmesan
  • 1-2 tbsp any sweetener of choice
  • 1 cup uncooked tiny pasta of choice (If using a larger pasta, such as elbows, increase to 2 cups)


  • Homemade SpaghettiOs Recipe: In a small saucepan, stir together all ingredients except the pasta. Bring to a boil, then lower and cook on low until the butter spread melts completely. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, throw in the pasta and cook until desired texture is reached. Drain, then pat dry with a towel. Pour the pasta into the sauce, and stir to combine. Serve. Before reheating any leftovers, stir and add a little milk of choice as needed.

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How do you make SpaghettiOs? ›

Small little O-shaped pasta, garlic butter, herbs, and tomato paste are boiled together until al dente. Then a handful of grated parmesan and pecorino cheeses are stirred into the mix. Together they create a creamy, cheesy spaghetti O-style pasta that's wholesome, delicious, and fun.

What are the ingredients in SpaghettiOs? ›


How can you make SpaghettiOs better? ›

Sugar: a little sugar is optional, but it helps make these taste like the original spaghetti-os. No high fructose corn syrup here! Cheese: stir in fresh grated parmesan cheese for extra savory goodness. To garnish: I like to top mine with fresh basil, extra parmesan, and red pepper flakes.

What is the meat in SpaghettiOs? ›


How many ingredients are in SpaghettiOs? ›

Ingredients of SpaghettiOs Original are: water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste), enriched pasta (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), high-fructose corn syrup, contains less than 2% of: salt, enzyme modified cheddar cheese (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes, ...

What is the new SpaghettiOs flavor? ›

— A childhood classic pasta has added a spicy new flavor — SpaghettiOs Spicy Original made with Frank's RedHot. The flavor from the Campbell Soup Co. brand offers consumers a mild-to-medium heat level twist on the pasta, according to the company. Frank's RedHot is a brand owned by flavor company McCormick & Co.

What is good in SpaghettiOs? ›

The spaghetti O's are boiled with sautéed garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and topped off with delicious, nutty Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This recipe is also incredibly fun as you can use any small, kid-friendly pasta shape you like, such as alphabet pasta or even pastina like stellette.

How are spaghetti hoops made? ›

Basically pasta dough is pushed through high pressure through a metal die, in this case shaped like a ring; the pasta squeezed out will be a solid tube if not cut; a rotating cutter will rapidly cut the pasta tubes into short hoops as they are pressed through the die.

Can you eat SpaghettiOs out of the can? ›

Of course, you can eat them straight from the can! It's safe and there is no harm in doing so. The majority of canned food items are cooked completely and can be eaten straight from the jar or can.

Why are SpaghettiOs healthy? ›

SpaghettiOs contain important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, and calcium, which are essential for overall health and well-being. While they may not be a primary source of these nutrients, incorporating SpaghettiOs into a varied diet can contribute to meeting daily nutritional requirements.

What country invented SpaghettiOs? ›

Donald Edward Goerke (August 8, 1926 – January 10, 2010) was an American business executive and food developer. While working for the Franco-American division of the Campbell Soup Company in 1965, he invented SpaghettiOs, and was thereafter known as "The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs."

What are some interesting facts about SpaghettiOs? ›

By 2010, more than 150 million SpaghettiO cans were sold annually. Since their inception in 1965, SpaghettiOs have been reimagined as teddy bears, sports-themed shapes like bicycles and roller skates, and images taken from the popular Where's Waldo books.

Is SpaghettiOs made by Chef Boyardee? ›

SpaghettiOs was created 55 years ago by Waukesha-native Donald Goerke when he worked at the Campbell Soup Company. He was assigned to create a product that could compete with Chef Boyardee foods. "Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs!"

Are you supposed to add water to SpaghettiOs? ›

You do not need to cook the pasta with water in the same pot, but I am saving you time and dishes. You can absolutely let the sauce simmer for a few minutes and cook the pasta separately in boiling salted water. Add the pasta in to the sauce with the cheese and a touch of the starchy water and enjoy.

Can you eat SpaghettiOs from the can? ›

SpaghettiOs are basically the same as the canned spaghetti we got in C rations. The only thing about eating them cold is that they can seem a bit greasier when not heated. They majority of canned foods are completely cooked and can be eaten directly from the can.

How to make canned SpaghettiOs in microwave? ›

1. Heat, covered, in microwavable bowl on high 1 1/2 to 2 min. or until hot. 2. Careful, leave in microwave 1 min., them stir.

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