Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!


by Dec 16th, 2010 // Dinner, Kid-tastic, Recipes

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!

Remember Campbell’s SpaghettiOs? Or were you more a fan of Chef Boyardee spaghetti rings with meatballs? Chef Boyardee hilariously calls their canned pastas “Obviously Delicious. Secretly Nutritious.” REEEEEALLLY?

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!

I’ll tell you what’s seriously delicious! Those edible cheeks on my boy and the meatballs he’s cookin’ up with me.

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!

Don’t worry, he washed his hands immediately and thoroughly both before and after handling the meat. He had a blast squishing it all together. Then he rolled the meat into mini meatballs.

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!

Our version of Spahetti Ohs which was made with pasta wheels (not Os) was not nearly as soupy as the original but it was 100x better. Mmmm. I could eat this every night. Now for the recipe…

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 30 mins

1 pound organic beef
1 shallot, diced
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup ketchup
1 egg
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound small wagon wheel pasta
1 jar good tomato sauce / or two cups homemade (we use Roa’s sauce)

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Place the beef into a mixing bowl. Add shallot, oregano, ketchup, egg, salt and pepper (to taste), parmesan and bread crumbs. Mix together until evenly combined.  Form into 1/2-inch to 3/4 inch meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown meatballs in batches over medium heat. As meatballs finish browning, transfer to paper towels to drain. When all your batches are done place them in a dutch oven. Pour sauce over the meatballs, cover and bake in oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes before your meatballs are done, bring water to a boil and cook pasta for 7 minutes til al dente. Drain and combine with sauce and meatballs. Serves a crowd.

Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!


15 Comments on “Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!”

  1. 1.) Gigi Centaro
    December 16th, 2010

    You can save yourself a step and a pot to wash, by placing the raw meat balls directly into the tomato sauce. Depending on the size of your meat balls, add 15-30 minutes to your baking time. The flavor of the meat will be released into the sauce.

  2. 2.) Jacqueline
    December 16th, 2010

    I loooooved spaghetti O's growing up!!! This is a much more 'grown up version' but does look equally as delicious! I haven't had pasta and meatballs in forever….time to try this recipe!

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  4. 4.) Jackie
    December 17th, 2010

    I'm always looking for quick and easy pasta recipes. The hand rolled meatballs feels like a really awesome touch and doesn't seem hard to make at all. I think I want to make mine bowties – taking it back old school.

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 17th, 2010

    awesome! i'll have to try that next time.

  6. 6.) Dana
    December 17th, 2010

    I know a certain two year old in my life that is going to LOVE this. My husband always wants to get him a can of Spaghetti-O's but I'm with you on the healthy part. Not really buying it. Thanks so much for posting!

  7. 7.) Clair McL
    December 18th, 2010

    Fantastic recipe! My kids loved it! Thank you!

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  11. 11.) Sarah E.
    June 25th, 2012

    I think these should be renamed Awesome-Ohs because they were way more awesome than the original!! Thank you for sharing them!

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  15. 15.) Mike @LifesATomato
    May 1st, 2014

    These are absolutely spot-on and fantastic. I made a total pig out of my self. I added a bit of red pepper flake (for a not-a-kid’s version).

    The kid (like you say) is to use a really good tomato sauce.

    Thanks for posting this!

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