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Homemade Spaghetti Os – Recipe

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More than 150 million cans of Spaghetti Os 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 is irresistible!

Spaghetti Os were a common sight in my own elementary-school lunchbox, much to the bemusement 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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Healthy Spaghetti Os
Homemade Spaghetti Os

With kids still in school for a few more weeks, it seemed like a good time to try and create a homemade Spaghetti Os recipe—no high fructose corn syrup or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

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

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

These spaghetti os can be dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. For gluten-free homemade Spaghetti Os, just use a gluten-free pasta.

They even make gluten-free quinoa anellini if you want a true Spaghetti Os 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 in protein and boasts an impressive list of vitamins.

Don’t get it confused with brewers yeast or the yeast you’d use for bread. Here, it is used to give the homemade spaghetti os a deliciously cheesy flavor.

These homemade Spaghetti Os are Italian-grandma approved!

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Homemade Spaghetti Os

These healthy homemade spaghetti os are even better than the real thing!
4.82/5 (34)
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 3 – 4 servings


  • 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 (I like 1 tsp)
  • 2-3 tsp butter spread, such as Earth Balance (or sub oil)
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan
  • 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 Spaghetti Os 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 if needed.
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Published on April 17, 2017

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  1. BakeMeABallerina says

    You read my mind!!!! A couple of weeks ago I was scouring the Internet for a spaghetti o recipe. They are one of my favorite comfort foods. My mom made them for me and my brother and sister when we were little. Where did you get the o-shaped pasta?

  2. sam says

    Hello Katie. Can you please give me more information about nutritional yeast substitutes? I live in a country where I cannot find it. Thank you. sam

  3. Kelsey says

    This has been on my recipe-testing list for like, a year! I think I’ll have to abandon my own plans and just make yours now– it looks delicious!

  4. Becky says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My daughter loves the Trader Joe’s version of spaghetti O’s. Now I have a healthy version to make for her!

  5. Aparna says

    I am so glad I have not grown up eating canned pasta. I may sound like a food snob saying that, but it is true, and I am so grateful that I have my flavorful and healthful Indian foods! This looks really good, though I have never had nutritional yeast.

  6. Lisa says

    Such a cute idea! If I were still a Nanny, I’d totally make these for the kiddos since they always loved this stuff.
    I’m not a huge spaghetti o person myself, but the sauce sounds mighty tasty:)

  7. Hannah @ TalesFromTheLastFrontier says

    I love this idea! I am a teacher and I see soooo many cans of spaghetti o’s floating around my classroom. I wish more parents prepared the healthy-versions of their kiddos favorite meals. I may have to suggest this one around 🙂

  8. Melissa says

    Ahh, just seeing the title of your post today brought back so many fond memories! I was one of the few children who loved bringing hot lunches (i.e. a canned pasta or something of that nature in a thermos). Yum!

  9. Maya says

    I’m pretty lucky that my parents always fed me regular home cooked food! I rarely ate what Americans think of as “kid food” and as a result have never been picky my whole life. Thanks Mom and Dad! (There was definitely a time I went back up for thirds of spinach quiche my teacher brought in in 1st grade when all the other kids couldn’t take down one bite).

    How does your grandma make her pasta? All the homemade pastas I’ve made have eggs in them.

  10. Marion says

    Awesome! I don’t suppose you have a picture of the pasta packet? I’m not sure we can get that pasta in Australia…

  11. Jamie says

    Have you considered advising people to use different “butters”? I ask because I just threw out my Smart Balance when I realized it is canola oil, which is GMO. Just wondering if for non vegans, organic butter might be a better choice. Love your site!

  12. Kari says

    Are you kidding? What perfect timing! Not only is this a fantastic back to school lunch for our kindergartener (who’s never had the canned variety), I’ve been craving spaghettios for weeks! I’ve even picked up a can but the ingredient label had me returning it within seconds. Dinner plans for tonight have been changed! 🙂

  13. ThisBakerGirlBlogs says

    Love this! I haven’t had spaghetti-os in such a long time but I practically lived on them as a kid. This is bringing back some fond memories indeed 🙂

  14. Emily says

    Oh wow, I always crave spaghettios when I’m feeling sick but then feel bad for eating junk food. This recipe is going to come in really handy!

  15. Jill says

    Katie…which did you use? The powdered or flake version of the yeast? I know you can use less powder (almost by half compared to flakes)…so which did you use?

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