Uh Oh, it’s Spaghettios! I know what you are thinking, something must not be quite right here. This is a nostalgic food that many of us grew up eating. Now you can make homemade spaghettios with meatballs with this easy copycat recipe.
Perhaps just like you I grew up enjoying an occasional can of this treat. My mom was a stay at home mom most of the time. So she would always cook, or she would let me cook. A can of Spaghettios was a treat; those were sometimes tucked into a thermos into my metal lunch box. I sometimes would get a can of these at the grocery store when we would go shopping.
As an adult, it is hard to go back and enjoy treats that we all enjoyed as a child. To be honest, when I have tried a can nowadays, I have a hard time enjoying these, but when I saw someone do a version of these on Youtube, I knew I should try to tackle these.
The first challenge in this recipe is the pasta. The O’s, are challenging, but you can overcome these. I have two options the first is Anelli Sicilani 60 A, I purchased this pasta at Kroger. If you can’t find the pasta you can cook rigatoni, when the rigatoni is cooked you can slice is into small pieces, the slices of the rigatoni will make the “Os.”
The sauce is very easy to prepare; you are going to need 2 10 ounce cans of cream of tomato soup. Where the real flavor comes, is would be the meatballs. I made tiny little meatballs that were full of flavor. By using somewhat lean beef I did not drain the ground meat when I cooked it, so it gave the sauce lots of character.
Homemade Spaghettios with Meatballs
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 5 ounces pasta Anelli Siciliani or Rigatoni or Ditalini
- 20 ounces cream of tomato soup 2 cans
- In a medium-sized bowl combine ground beef, salt, ground black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Make small meatballs with about 1 teaspoon of ground beef. Brown the meatballs. The meatballs should take just about a minute or two on each side.
- While the meatballs are cooking cook the pasta. If you are using rigatoni, slice the pasta into 1/4 inch slices. In a large pot add the tomato soup, and one can that is filled with water. Add meatballs and heat through. Add pasta and stir gently. Serve immediately.
I think tomato soup would have too much salt ( I am on a low salt diet ) what can I substitute.. Maybe made marinara sauce?
I believe there is a low salt version of Campbells Tomato Soup.
You could also use anelletti it’s a slightly smaller version of the ring soup pasta anelli = anelletti so some people might be confused if ordering online they are basically the same thing one is just slightly larger then the other but not enough to make a difference.
This is great idea for school project and can I use the recipe Stephanie?
Sure, just let them know where you got the recipe. What kind of school project is this?
This school project is about Technology and Livelihood Education or THM subject, Thanks in advance. 🙂
I made this yesterday, meatballs wasen’t home made though but anyway. Very nice tastes that brings you back to Italy.
I want it to try balls with keema & serve to the family & friends.
That sounds like a good option.
How about using ditalini instead of cutting up rigatoni?
That could work too, I will modify my recipe. Great suggestion Janet.
Stephanie, I’m thinking that those little “salad macaroni” pieces would probably also do well in these homemade spaghetti-o’s. This was when they are done, you can just combine everything else and there you go! Just thinkin alout!