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. 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 (:

  2. Marian (Sweetopia)

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

  3. angela @ another bite please

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

  4. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

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

  5. Annie @ Annie's Noms

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

  6. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

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

  7. Carla @ Carla's Confections

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

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    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!

  9. Traci

    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!

  10. Kathy

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

    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.

  11. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

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

  12. Julie @ Table for Two

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

  13. Cookin Canuck

    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!

  14. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine

    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!

  15. Frenchpapilles

    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 !

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