Homemade Spaghetti O’s

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Ingredients I can’t pronounce scare me.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not an uptight person that has not had my share of processed foods.  I can remember in my early twenties jars of spaghetti o’s in my pantry and I also remember eating them when I was young.   As I get older and I am more conscience of the foods I consume and more importantly the food I bring to the table for my kids I read the labels of all the foods I put in my grocery cart.

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My kids have become picky eaters.  I am hoping this is just a phase.  I have cooked and made all their foods since they started eating solids.  Back then, they would eat whatever I put in front of them.  I thought I was one of the lucky ones, until they turned two.  Now they think they can pick and chose what they eat.  They would much rather eat grapes, cheese and yogurt all day instead of what I make for dinner.  I guess I shouldn’t complain since  they are not begging for unhealthy foods.  But that is the problem.  I made burrito bowls for dinner, they just eat the guacamole.  And I think they have consumed more grilled cheese sandwiches I dare to admit.  So I am always looking for new and creative ways to give them healthy and nutritious meals that are quick to prepare and don’t come from a can, sorry Spaghetti O’s.

What kid doesn’t love Spaghetti O’s?  Actually who doesn’t love Spaghetti O’s?  If they can make it in a factory and scoop it in a can, it can be made at home as well.  They funny thing is, Homemade Spaghetti O’s are incredibly easy to make.  There is no secret ingredient, just a secret ingredient they put in the cans that make consumers want to buy more.  But the only secret ingredient I can find in the canned version is extra additives I honestly don’t want my kids to eat.  Trust me, once you try these you’ll see how similar these taste to the canned version, and probably like Homemade Spaghetti O’s better.

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Homemade Spaghetti O’s

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: PT10-15M

Total Time: PT20-25M

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Spaghetti O’s


  • 8 ounce pasta rings, cooked
  • 16 ounce tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt to taste


  1. Add tomato sauce and paste to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through.
  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer and slowly whisk in milk and cheese. Cook stirring occasionally until cheese is dissolved.
  3. Stir in cooked pasta rings and toss to coat. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Serve warm.

To avoid milk curdling, use at least 2% milk or whole milk. Reduce heat to low before slowly whisking in milk.

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  1. I love spaghetti-o’s! I don’t think I’ve had it in at least 10 years though, mainly because of all the processed stuff. So glad I can make it homemade now!

  2. I’ve never personally had spaghetti-o’s since I’m not a fan of tomatoes but I shamefully admit to having just bought a can prior to the storm as a ‘just in case’ kind of food lol. I’ll have to look for those cute pasta o’s. I’ve never seen them before!

  3. I am so with you here, Jennifer! I always had spaghetti-o’s in my pantry in college but I try to leave them at the store these days. However, the thought of being able to make them at home is awesome. I love the pasta, I’m going to add those to my list today!

  4. Looks delic ! Easy, kid friendley, and much healthier then the canned stuff !

  5. What a FABULOUS alternative to the cans!

  6. I had to laugh when I found this post. My husband just asked me yesterday if Spaghetti O’s are still made. Not having children at home any more I didn’t know. I think I will make this soon and surprise him :)

  7. I love your homemade version, this is so great for your kids! Love the rings! :)

  8. I love those pasta rings. They are Tiffany’s favorite pasta when making mac&cheese. I’ll have to try with tomato sauce, i’m sure she’ll love them!
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post on Aimee’s blog

  9. I love this! My kids can be super picky too. I try not to get annoyed ;)

  10. These are so great! I used to love spaghetti O’s as a kid! Thanks :)

  11. What a cute post Jennifer! I love making food that bring you back to your childhood. For me – it’s Kraft mac & cheese with stewed tomatoes. It was my mom’s speciality :)

    xo Jackie

  12. I am going to make these for my boys, they love spaghetti o’s. but, only with meatballs, so my husband is going to whip up a batch of super small meatballs to include.. we’re going to make a big batch and freeze in individual containers.. hopefully it works. We also have super picky kids that used to eat everything and will now eat nothing. One eats nothing but cheese and bread. one eats anything but cheese, 2 others will eat anything but meat, except chicken.. 2 dont eat cheese.. the list goes on :)

  13. This is such a yummy, nostalgic looking recipe to me! I will now forever be on the hunt for those little pasta rings… so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Get out of town!!! Such a better option then the canned kind… I have to make this!

  15. Hey! I am having a hard time finding the ring noodles to purchase, anyone had luck on the web or local stores? Thanks

  16. Love it! I’ve never seen the rings at the store.

  17. I grew up loving Spaghetti-O’s, but now I’d like to think I’ve grown up a tad and I would much rather make it from scratch and things I can pronounce. These look perfect in every way!

  18. I’ve never seen pasta rings before. I hope I can find them. This is a great idea!

  19. For real? I am so making these.

  20. Marilyn says:

    This turned out great! My 2 yr old only wants to eat spaghetti-o’s, so I can’t wait for him to try these. I used alphabet soup pasta since those noodles are closer to the right consistency.

  21. Marilyn says:

    Meant to say I couldn’t find the spaghetti o noodles so the alphabet soup noodles worked excellent. My son gobbled it up and didn’t notice any difference from the canned version. Thanks for the great recipe.

  22. Thank you for this! I’m pregnant and have been craving spaghetti o’s. Which i haven’t had since college! I caved and bought a Can at the market the other day. I am totally going to try making this week.

  23. What a fantastic recipe! I just made this for my two picky eaters, ages 8 and 10. They loved it! I wouldn’t have believed they would like it when not from a can. I will make this as often as they want!

    I did adjust the flavor with a dusting of white sugar to tone down the acid. What a great version of the original. Thank you so much!

  24. Hi, I can’t wait to try this. I am going to make if for my 2 year old granddaughter. I try to make as much from scratch as possible, because I don’t approve of all the mystery ingredients included in processed foods. Thank you so much for this, and can’t wait to try it. My question is, where did you find the pasta shaped in the “O”?

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