27 September 2011

Homemade Spaghetti-o's

I love it when I can make something from scratch that we formerly purchased processed. I do still purchase a few processed foods (mostly things like rice mixes or canned veggies), but I have greatly reduced those buys.

One thing I hadn't stopped buying until now has been Spaghetti-o's (usually the generic label). My kids love them~I don't~but they are an easy lunch. However, thanks to Pinterest (love!) I have found a great little recipe for a homemade version. I made it yesterday and it was a hit! I even liked them:) If your kids like Spaghetti-o's, try these. You'll feel much better about what you're serving your kids.

Homemade Spaghetti-o's
(adapted from this post)

1 large (28 oz.) can tomato sauce (smooth)
4 cups water (I actually left this out to make a thicker sauce)
1 garlic clove, minced (I used garlic powder)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
14 oz. small ringed pasta
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Pour tomato sauce into saucepan. You can add the water now, if you are using it.
Add garlic, pepper, salt and sugar.
Heat on medium heat until sauce simmers, stirring often.
In the meantime, cook the pasta until al dente; drain. Add the butter to the pasta.
Add the milk and cheese to the sauce, stirring to melt the cheese.
Finally, add the pasta to the sauce, mixing well.
Serve to the kiddos and watch them smile!


April said...

This sounds great-- love spaghetti o's-- don't love feeding the kids lunch out of a can. I pinned it to my recipes board.

Kathy said...

I love this! I am totally trying this, thanks!

ami said...

So smart! :)

Savannah said...

This looks delicious!