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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!

Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs by Picky Palate

Cheesy Homemade SpaghettiOs For Grown Ups

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.

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Time to cook the pasta!

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How to Make Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs

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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AddΒ  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
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

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
Keyword: best pasta dish, best pasta recipes, easy pasta dinner recipe, easy pasta dish, easy pasta recipe, homemade pasta recipe, homemade spaghettios, spaghettios recipe
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 278 kcal
  • 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
  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.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Grown Up SpaghettiOs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 950mg41%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 9.9mg12%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    Pasta and tomato … What else ?? πŸ™‚

  2. 2

    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 !

  3. 3

    Oh yum! This looks so good! And easy! I have never had spaghetti-os! But I will be trying this out for dinner (and next day lunch!!!) soon!

  4. 4

    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!

  5. 5

    This looks like cheesy perfection!! Now you have me craving pasta and cheese at 9am! haha πŸ™‚

  6. 6
    Tieghan says:

    YUM, YUM, YUM! I love this grown up version!!

  7. 7

    OMG — I still love Spaghetti O’s (embarrassing) and I cannot WAIT to try these!!!

  8. 8

    Now that is a tasty sounding pasta!

  9. 9

    My family are already nuts but could be nuttier πŸ™‚ I have good spaghettio memories too!!

  10. 10
    Kathy says:

    Looks wonderful. I always cringe when I serve my kids the ones out of the can. I can’t wait to try this.

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      nancy says:

      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.

  11. 11
    Traci says:

    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!

  12. 12
    Deborah says:

    I’ve never been a big fan of spaghetti-os, but I know I’d love this!!

  13. 13

    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!

  14. 14
    Maria says:

    I want this for lunch!

  15. 15

    omgggggggggggggggggggggggg I’m dying.

  16. 16
    Jenny Kozar says:

    This will be going on my menu for next week. Thanks!!

  17. 17

    oh wow. this looks like a meal my kids would flip for!

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    naomi says:

    I think I can handle how easy this meal is to make πŸ™‚

  20. 20
    Kristen says:

    Love this recipe, but will leave out the ranch dressing as it contains MSG.

  21. 21
    Barbara F. says:

    This looks great. It’s hard to find something that both my kids and I will truly enjoy. πŸ™‚

  22. 22

    I love recipes that take me back to being a kid! Cant wait to try this one πŸ™‚

  23. 23
    marla says:

    Such a smart idea and waaaayyyy better than the ones on a can πŸ˜‰

  24. 24

    I was obsessed with spaghettios growing up – I was so excited to see this recipe today!

  25. 25

    I love spaghettios! And I’m loving this grown up version, definitely be adding this to my “to make” list πŸ™‚

  26. 26
    Chels R. says:

    Mmm, that looks really yummy!

  27. 27
    Sarah Condron says:

    This looks so yummy! I believe it will go on my menu for next week. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  28. 28

    The little kid in me is kinddaaaa freaking out right now. This looks SO mouthwatering!

  29. 29

    my hubby still eats spaghettio’s from the can…it kills me. so this will be fun to try a homemade version for him.

  30. 30
    Mercedes says:

    This looks so simple yet so perfect and comforting!

  31. 31
    Biz says:

    Much to my Mom’s dismay, I am 45 years old and can still eat Spaghettios – and do a couple times a year just for old times sake – served with toasted Butternut white bread with butter on the side.

    I too made a grown up version of spaghettios and meatballs – let me know what you think!

  32. 32
    Amanda says:

    What a fantastic idea!!!

  33. 33

    I think this is what we need for dinner, comforting and simple. Thanks Jenny!

  34. 34
    Diana says:


  35. 35

    Oh my goodness! Looks SO good!!
    Nothing like a little butter to make everything better! πŸ˜‰

  36. 36
    Caro says:

    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 (:

  37. 37

    I’m about to head down to my parents’ house where they’re observing Passover. I better get my pasta fix in before that happens… and this might just do the trick.

  38. 38
    barbara says:

    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!

  39. 39

    Perfect comfort food that reminds us of our childhood πŸ™‚

  40. 40

    […] Grown Β up spaghettios? Yes please! […]

  41. 41

    […] Cheesy Grown Up Spaghettios. Β In high school I had an obsession with spaghettios and I have missed them dearly so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. Β  It was so good and I loved the added chicken and cheese. Β  We also had rolls because clearly a bowl full of pasta didn’t have enough carbs. Β  […]

  42. 42
    Colleen says:

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

  43. 43
    Anne B says:

    Nutritional info, please!

  44. 44
    Morgan says:

    Making this tonight with cheese filled breadsticks!

  45. 45

    This sounds so good! I was never a big fan of spaghettios has a child, but I’m pretty sure your version would be my new favorite thing. πŸ™‚

  46. 46
    jenn says:

    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?

  47. 47
    Amanda J says:

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

  48. 48
    love2sign says:

    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!

  49. 49
    Katie says:

    Do you think it wold work with less butter? I am TRYING to lose weight! πŸ™‚

  50. 50
    Kathleen says:

    Oh this is a must make. Looks delish! Thank you.

  51. 51
    Doni says:

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

  52. 52
    Tina Larson says:

    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

  53. 53
    Liz says:

    Love the recipes – thank you. Happy New Year!

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    CJ says:

    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!

  56. 56
    Brittany says:

    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™‚

  57. 57
    Michelle says:

    Oh man. Not to be a troll but so much no. This was yuck.

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