Why I love this homemade spaghettiOs recipe with mini meatballs
I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t a fan of SpaghettiOs when I was growing up. We were team Chef Boyardee in our house – should I be embarrassed to admit this now that I’m a food blogger? – and I was so obsessed that my mom was forced to deal with packing me a thermos for lunch because I refused to eat sandwiches.
But, I know that spaghettiOs have a huge place in many of your hearts, so I thought I’d make some from scratch – without milk – so that you can enjoy a it of nostalgia, or offer a bit of normalcy to a lifetime of dealing with food allergies.
So, these homemade spaghettiOs completely dairy free and I made them egg free too. You could potentially make them gluten free, too, if you use a pasta like this one and replace the breadcrumbs.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Along with basic pantry ingredients – check out my basic grocery list to make sure you’re all stocked up – you’ll need a few main ingredients to make this recipe.
- Ground beef – at least 85% lean, you could also substitute ground turkey if you prefer.
- Pasta rings – we used these, but you can really use any small pasta you want. I think alphabet pasta would be great, too.
- Almond milk – any dairy free milk will work, but make sure it’s unsweetened.
- Nutritional yeast – this is our cheese replacement and you can usually find it in the organic/natural section of your grocery store.
- Tomato sauce – the basic canned stuff, not store bought marinara or pasta sauce.
How to make homemade spaghettios
Make the meatballs. Mix the meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl until they’re well combined. Portion them into miniature meatballs and bake them in 400˚F oven for about 10 minutes.
I like to use a small measuring spoon to portion my meatballs, because I find that my small cookie scoop is too big. You want them to be about 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons in size.
Cook the pasta. While the meatballs are cooking, boil the pasta in a large saucepan with salted water. Just follow the package directions for al dente, and drain when they’re done.
Make the sauce. While the pasta cooks, measure out the ingredients for the sauce. I like to combine them all in a small bowl so that I can just add them to the tomato sauce when it’s time.
Combine everything. Once the pasta is drained, let it sit in the colander, and add the sauce ingredients to the saucepan. Cook the sauce, stirring to combine the ingredients, until the sauce is hot.
This should only take a minute or two, but turn up the heat if you need to. Add the pasta and meatballs back to the pot and cook until heated through.
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This homemade spaghettiOs recipe with mini meatballs is sure to bring back all the memories from your childhood, and they’re so easy to make from scratch without milk or egg. The classic flavor of the tomato sauce provides the perfect amount of sweetness and comfort. Your kids will love them, and they’re sure to become a family favorite in no time.
For the meatballs:
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
For the sauce:
- 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons almond or milk
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar, optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
For the pasta:
- 8 ounces, 2 cups pasta rings
To make the meatballs:
- Preheat your oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional).
- Combine the meatballs ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until evenly combined. Portion meatballs into teaspoon-sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until the meatballs reach 165˚F. Remove from oven and set aside.
For the pasta and sauce:
- Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente, in a large saucepan of salted water.
- Drain pasta and let rest in colander or strainer.
- In the same saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Cook over high heat, until heated through.
- Return the pasta to the pot and add the meatballs. Stir to coat the pasta and meatballs with sauce.
Keywords: dairy free, egg free, pasta, meatballs, beef, kid friendly
Last Updated on August 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger