Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs

Sharing my favorite Spaghettios recipe today! These Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs are just like the version you loved as a kid except fresh and even more yummy. A flavorful blast from the past that you’ll love to make and eat!

Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs by Picky Palate www.picky-palate.com

Spaghettios

Remember eating spaghettios as a kid? I do! I have to say I don’t love them now as an adult, but I do love my “Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs I’ve made for you today. Growing up, I remember and my dad making a bowl of pasta, then adding butter and tomato sauce (with lots of black pepper) for lunch on a number of occasions. It is the simplest of ingredients and for some reason is so good! I re-created that lunch I remember him making so many times as a kid with a few little additions of my own. The family will go nuts over this recipe. My kids even polished off all of the leftovers throughout the week. Hope you enjoy!

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Here’s your simple ingredient list. I used Ditalini shaped pasta, it looks similar to the traditional spaghettio shape.

How To Make Homemade Spaghettios

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions then drain under cold water to stop cooking.

  2. Melt butter into a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add tomato sauce, stirring to combine.

  3. Add your cooked pasta to the sauce along with the shredded chicken, Ranch seasoning and black pepper. Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium low.

  4. Top with shredded cheese and close lid to melt cheese for 3-5 minutes. Once cheese is melted, serve.

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Time to cook the pasta!

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Once your pasta is cooked, make sure to rinse it under cold water. Keeps it nice and al dente.

Making sauce

Here’s the magical sauce inspired by my dad. Melt a stick of butter than add your tomato sauce. Can you handle the difficulty?

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Add your cooked pasta back to the sauce.

adding chicken

Give a little stir and add some cooked shredded chicken.

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Add  a tablespoon of Ranch mix.

adding cheese

Top with some lovely shredded cheese then close with a lid to melt.

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Yes! Cheesy and perfect. Now it’s time to eat.

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Enjoy! ….I even added a few shakes of hot sauce to mine. Give that a try too.

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Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs

These Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs are just like the version you loved as a kid except fresh and even more yummy. A flavorful blast from the past that you'll love to make and eat!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 278kcal
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Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta small and circular
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 45 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry Ranch Dressing seasoning packet
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese finely shredded

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions then drain under cold water to stop cooking.
  • Melt butter into a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add tomato sauce, stirring to combine.
  • Add your cooked pasta to the sauce along with the shredded chicken, Ranch seasoning and black pepper. Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium low.
  • Top with shredded cheese and close lid to melt cheese for 3-5 minutes. Once cheese is melted, serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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59 Responses
  1. I did the same kind of easy to do and “kids-esay-eating” recipe yesterday with “coquillettes” pastas, tomatos, minced meet, origan and worcestershire sauce. Can’t wait till diner to enjoy leftovers !

  2. Okay, I have to admit that spaghetti-o’s were a guilty pleasure in my teens. I can’t touch the stuff now, but this homemade version looks like a great alternative!

    1. nancy

      Is there anything I can replace the ranch dip with as we dont have that here? I just used herbs like basil,oregana, garlic and a little chopped onion instead.

  3. My kids saw the picture and were sold. They can’t wait to try these. I am NOT a spaghetti o’s fan, but I will be making them these to try! Great recipe, thank you!

  4. My coworkers and I were literally just talking about the kid foods we still crave yesterday and the consensus was Spaghetti O’s were the stuff childhood was made of! I’m so trying this new “adult” version. STAT!

  5. Caro

    this looks really tasty! can’t wait to try it. have to admit… started eating spaghetti-o’s again when my boyfriend’s kids were eating it. hmmmm (:

  6. barbara

    hey jenny, i saw this recipe yesterday and thought it looked intriguing so i made it. holy cow, it was delish! i sent a bowl up for my sister to taste and she ate the whole thing (after supper). don’t hesitate this is a great recipe that looks like it would be nothing. even the kids like it. good job!

  7. Colleen

    Thank you for sharing! This recipe saved the day yesterday. My husband randomly wanted spaghettiios and I wanted chicken. Perfect!

  8. jenn

    Yum, Making this for dinner tonight. I will use my own homade ranch mix though! Also what do you serve this with? Salad and bread?

  9. Amanda J

    Made this for the first time tonight. Just finished a bowl……divine! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  10. love2sign

    We made the pasta with butter and tomato soup and of course lots of black pepper! This was a quick and cheap way to make lunch for us without the preservatives! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your website!

  11. Doni

    Did anyone try it with hamburger instead of chicken? I love chicken, but it seems like spaghettios would lend itself to beef instead. Thanks!

  12. Tina Larson

    Could I ude hot dogs instead og chicken. This sounds aloy like a dish my mothrt in law tsught me to makr called macaroni and tomatoes

  13. CJ

    What size Le Creuset Pan do you use in this recipe, I have been trying to decide which one to purchase for the most versatility. This looks like what I would want. 4 qt or 5 qt Round? Also, love the site and recipes!

  14. Brittany

    Think I could do this in a crock pot? Having a “Back to School” potluck at work Monday and this would be perfect! Thanks πŸ™‚

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