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Homemade Spaghetti Os – Recipe

Uh oh, homemade spaghetti os!


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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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!

A wholesome version of the kid-friendly spaghettios, without all the corn syrup and extra sugar.



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Homemade Spaghetti Os

These healthy homemade spaghetti os are even better than the real thing!
4.84/5 (32)
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, depending on your preference (I like 1 tsp)
  • 2-3 tsp butter spread, such as Earth Balance (or sub oil)
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan, such as vegan Parma
  • 2 tbsp any sweetener of choice, or pinch uncut stevia
  • 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. Steven says

    Great idea, I tried it but used smoked paprika since that’s what I had on hand. DO NOT Used smoked paprika! It overpowered the sauce.

  2. Michelle says

    Katie, I made this recipe tonight for my kids and it was really good! The seasonings were perfect! I will definitely make this again. The only 2 things that I will do differently next time, is to cook the pasta al dente, before adding it to the sauce, and reserve a little bit of the pasta water to thin it out a bit at the very end.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Alyssa Shanks says

    I start classes again soon so will make this for easy lunches! Going to put some vegan hot dogs in this, can’t wait. So excited! Haha.

  4. Jane says

    I am literally, eating a can of SpaghettiO’s, with meatballs, as we speak. I found them at the DollarTree. They are a great comfort food. I had a rough couple days, so i just grabbed a spoon n popped the can open. Then i thought about it and Googled, homemade SpaghettiO’s, and here we are! Thank you, thank you and thank you! ??????????

  5. Karen Becker says

    I made this on the weekend for lunch and my 8 year old son and I both enjoyed it. I used alphabet pasta since I could not find the O shaped. I will be making this recipe again for sure.

  6. Beth says

    Fantastic! Paired with buttered white bread this reminds me of all the dinners I ate when my parents had date nights! I wanted to try to replicate the meatballs that came with spaghetti-os and think I got pretty close with Lightlife Gimme Lean – since it’s refrigerated and not frozen you can ball it up into the little tiny meatball size – sauté them in a pan and add them to this recipe and you have Spaghetti-os with (veggie) meatballs.

  7. Joanne says

    Hi. I suppose you could be creative. Instead of the small o shapes, I’ve seen the alphabet tiny letter pastas. I suppose you could google it do you have an idea. It’s worth the try. I plan on trying it, if u do I’ll post it…

  8. Angelika says

    This is so awesome! Can I make these and reference your recipe on my YouTube channel? Its about saving money and I do cooking, shopping ,etc on the channel. Let me know! Your recipe looks amazing and my husband is obsessed with spaghettios.

  9. Sarah Williams says

    Hi! This is a huge hit in our house for adults and kids alike — thank you! I cannot locate the O shaped pasta; any hints? Thanks so much in advance.

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