Since I was a little kid, I have loved having spaghetti o's as an afternoon snack.  My little boy also loves spaghetti o's and so does my little niece.  Ever since I saw an episode of Dr. Oz about how bad BPA is for you, I have been avoiding canned goods like the plague.  Apparently, unless a canned good says that it has a BPA free lining, you can almost guarantee  that you are exposing yourself and your loved ones to BPA.  Have you noticed how most plastic food containers say BPA-free? BPA is really bad, just Google it. 

So, life has been spaghetti o's free for a few months, and I just couldn't take it anymore. My little boy is one of the pickiest eaters ever, and spaghetti o's are one of the only things he will actually ask for.

Do you know how easy it is to duplicate spaghetti o's?  Ridiculously easy!  All you need is some tiny shaped pasta, tomato sauce, a little salt, and Italian seasoning. 

I was excited when I saw boxed tomato sauce at my local grocery store.  This size is about the same as a small can of tomato sauce and fortunately the same price.  Getting boxed pantry items instead of canned can get a little expensive. 

I like to slightly undercook the pasta, so that when I add the tomato sauce and spices, they have a little time to really get infused and the pasta can absorb some of the sauce.

Homemade spaghetti o's may not be as fast and easy as opening up and heating a can, but its pretty close.  As you can see, I didn't use actual "O's." Instead I used alphabet shaped pasta.  My little guy is learning to read and write his ABC's, so I like to use every opportunity to help that along. 

I'm so happy to have one of our favorite foods back in the afternoon rotation.  And really, what's better than homemade?

Homemade Spaghetti O's (equivalent of 1 can)

4 ounces small shaped pasta
1 small box tomato sauce (7.4 ounces)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium sized pot.
2.  Add pasta and cook 2 - 3 minutes less than the package directions indicate.
3.  Drain pasta and return to pot.
4.  Add tomato sauce, seasoning, and salt. Continue cooking until pasta is desired tenderness. 

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0 comments on “Homemade Spaghetti O’s”

  1. It's funny how some people love and others dislike the same items. I hadn't had Spaghetti O's until college and just couldn't get into them. I am, however, going to give this a try because this seems too simple not too!

    PS – thanks for the reminder about the canned goods, Jordan.

  2. Starting in Jan, 2015 – ConAgra and all of the Chef products will be not have BPA in the linings.

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