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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Homemade Spaghetti-O's & Meatballs

Uh-Oo, spaghetti-O's!  First introduced in 1965; Campbell Soup Company launched Franco-American, which manufactured those little O's.  Their goal was to offer a fast meal of pasta that could be eaten with a spoon, so kids could eat "neat" and mess free.  Pfff!  Do you know how many spaghetti-O's stains I had on my clothes as a child?....even before I had boobs!!  I was a messy eater; today, I still have my days.


Franco-American put countless hours into researching and producing this dinner-in-a-can. Now, fast forward almost 50 years, and we attempt to recreate this canned classic from scratch - a healthier homemade version.  We have come full circle, Spaghetti-O's......full.circle.


I was pretty sceptical when I was making this.  At first glance it's very similar to a tomato bisque:  saute onions, celery, carrots, and garlic - add crushed tomatoes & puree.  You then drop in the meatballs, then a cup of circular pasta - this is when the magic happens - it transforms into actual Spaghetti-O's!!


The meatballs are just ground beef and a few shots of prepared pesto.  Again, I was skeptical - this is not the meatball preparation I am familiar with...no egg, no breadcrumbs, etc.  That being said, it totally works.  If you wanted to make this a meatless meal, just skip the meatballs.  I would recommend stirring in a little of the pesto, it adds a lovely laying of flavor.


If you are looking for a new spin on the whole spaghetti & meatballs dinner; or if you want to make something fun for the kid-o's; OR if you just want to make this so you can be like - dude, I just make flippin' spaghetti-O's - this is a quick easy recipe to follow.


Originally this is an America's Test Kitchen Recipe, I found it via Tracy's Culinary Adventures.  I did deviate a little; I used crushed tomatoes instead of diced, I doubled the amount of ground beef for the meatballs, and I used anellini pasta instead of ditalini. 

For the recipe and directions on how to make this, CLICK HERE

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13 comments:

  1. As soon as I saw this I had to come over and take a look! My kids love spaghetti-o's, but I only buy them like once a year! I can't WAIT to make this recipe for them...they are going to be so excited...and so am I ;) Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday!

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    1. Lisa ~ Thanks for hosting...and I CANNOT count the number of cans I consumed as a child - all summer-long, it was all I asked for during school vacation.

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  2. This actually looks really good! I love that pasta! Found you through Mix it up Monday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by - I am still thinking of your Scotch-A-Roos....I have issues :0)

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  3. I bet I would love this recipe :) Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #12!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for pinning! See you next week.

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  4. Found your blog and recipe through Frugal Foodie Mama's link up today. Bookmarking to try this out!

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    1. Hope you like it; keep me posted. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thank you so much for stopping by and following :) Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you! I'm following you on Google+ and Pinterst now!! :)

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  6. What a fun kid friendly recipe darlin'! My Grandma used to have spaghetti o's all the time :). I love the addition of meatballs! yumm. Thanks for linkin' up with me @ Great Idea Thursdays. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. I don't have any kids to feed, just 2, 30-somethin' kids-at-heart :)
      This took me back!!

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