Kick the can and make this healthy recipe for the kids instead! Homemade Spaghetti O’s that are allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan! A super easy lunch or dinner that’s kid-friendly and mom-approved!
Guys, SPAGHETTI O’S! An American childhood classic, am I right? Thick, creamy, tomatoey pasta in a can. All condensed with artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, BPA, sugars, salt, fat, and a bunch of other scary things! There’s 600mg of sodium and 11g of sugar in just a 1 cup serving! Ah! Not only should the terrible nutrition cause you fear, but the lack of food allergy safety (obviously). Every child should experience Spaghetti O’s, but we can clean it up a bit (or a lot) and make it so much better for all!
My brother was more of the Spaghetti O’s eater in the house, but I did eat it back in the day. One day last summer, I felt compelled to recreate this processed meal-in-a-can to be healthy and allergy-free. It’s hard to explain the taste, texture, and consistency of Spaghetti O’s, so I had some work to do to make this homemade version just right. Since I can’t even remember a ballpark range of the last time I had the “goods”, I ended up doing some tastebud memory digging and online research!
I also had “the fam” to be my taste-testers too! If you have some gluten-free eaters or other food allergy (like dairy) child running around in your house and you don’t want them to miss out on this, you don’t have to feel bad! Or, maybe you’re like me, a bustling busy millennial and you still crave childhood favorites from time to time. You don’t have to crack open a can of cold Spaghetti O’s and eat it straight up like the stereotypical “college diet” calls for. You can make some delicious and nutritious Homemade Spaghetti O’s super quick, in one pot, and worthy of being served to guests as well!
You might not believe me, but these taste spot-on! The thick consistency of the “cheesy” creamy tomato sauce and those soft little Os! Healthy and allergy-free “junk food”? I always have you covered! This recipe for Homemade Spaghetti O’s is so easy and with minimal and “no weird” ingredients! Just cook the gluten-free pasta, drain, throw it back in the pot, and add the sauce ingredients! You’ll be eating Homemade Spaghetti O’s for days! Your kids and yourself, for work and school, grab a handy thermos and take the goods with you, cold or hot!
Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- In a large pot, cook pasta according to box directions, drain, and add back into pot.
- Now add all other ingredients to the pot, with heat turned to low and mix well to combine.
- Serve warm or cold!
Who said Spaghetti O’s weren’t healthy, wholesome, and nutritious? That’s right…I did…but HOMEMADE Spaghetti O’s are! Don’t you just love it when that happens? I don’t know about you, but these make me feel all warm and cozy! We allergy-free, gluten-free, vegan eaters don’t let anything get in our way for devouring our old favorite foods (in a new, healthy, modern way)! Now, let’s get cooking!
So tell me:
+ Did you eat Spaghetti O’s growing up?
+ What childhood classic processed food do you want to see recreated next?
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