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Healthy Homemade Spaghetti-O’s are ready in 30 minutes. Made from common ingredients, this pasta dish is a healthier alternative to it’s processed namesake. No prep-work required.
I love Spaghetti-O’s. I don’t remember eating them as a kid, but somehow I developed a great appreciation for this canned pasta. My last migraine came with a bad craving for them. Obviously, like most delicious processed food, they aren’t particularly healthy. And I like healthy foods.
So, to remedy the situation, I created Healthy Spaghetti-O’s. This version uses canned tomato sauce, common spices, and nutritional yeast to re-create this cheesy, tomato-ey pasta goodness. You could leave out the nutritional yeast if you really want to, but I’m making no promises about the taste. The nutritional yeast gives it the slight cheesy flavor. Vegan cheese might work too, but it creeps me out, so I didn’t try it.
You’re also quite welcome to use any pasta that you want. Anellini pasta (the little rings) can be tricky to find. I had to go to three different grocery stores to find them. Feel free to replace them with any pasta that you want. Alphabets could be fun, or tiny shells. Ditalini is fairly similar to Anellini and much easier to find. Keep in mind though, that the cooking times may vary with the different types of pasta.
Speaking of cooking, during my first attempt at making healthy Spaghetti-O’s, I cooked everything in a pot. The pasta stuck to the bottom and I burned my hands from all the sputtering and spewing of tomato sauce.
For my next attempt, I cooked everything in my Le Creuset skillet. (I thought the skillet would make prettier photos). I actually found that the pasta didn’t stick quite as much, or at least I had an easier time unsticking them. It also didn’t spew tomato sauce.
This is probably due to the difference in quality between my pot and skillet, but I thought I’d let you know anyway. The skillet was much friendlier.
The beauty of this recipe is that there is absolutely no prep work required. The hardest step is opening the can of tomato sauce – which can be quite tricky if you have a crummy can opener.