When you’re craving spaghettios but you want something without the preservatives and all that sodium, these healthy homemade spagettios are just the thing you need.
I remember my parents always having canned pastas of all kinds when I was growing up. My favorites were always the spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli. I always kind of considered those things a part of childhood, but I was secretly happy when our oldest didn’t like tomato sauce, because a part of me just couldn’t commit to letting him eat something so full of sodium and preservatives.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who won’t let my kids eat processed foods. They do eat them. In fact, they’ve had canned spaghettios before. But they’ve always liked homemade foods, and any time I can make something from scratch, I’m all for it. Now that Logan has come around and likes spaghettios, I decided to take a stab at making them myself.
The sauce was almost too easy to put together, and by the time it heated through, it actually SMELLED like spaghettios. I couldn’t believe it. Even the kids agreed that it tasted pretty close to the canned stuff, just without that metallic undertone that just screams canned food. Once I stirred the cooked pasta in and let it all come together, it was really good.
I felt so much better dishing this up for the kids tonight compared to its canned counterpart. I used alphabet pasta instead of the little rings because I couldn’t find the rings anywhere near us, and they weren’t in stock on Amazon, so we ordered a multi-pack of alphabets. The kids like the alphabet pasta, and it worked well for this. Sure, I could have used regular pasta…..but where’s the fun in that?
Are you a spaghettio fan? Have you ever made them on your own? Chris has never been a fan at all, but when I made these, he admitted that I just might be able to convert him with this recipe!
- 28oz can tomato sauce
- 4oz tomato paste
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar or honey
- 1 /3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 box or 12 oz bag of pasta shapes of choice
- In a medium sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, milk, onion powder, paprika, salt, butter and sugar. Whisk to combine and break up the tomato paste.
- Heat the sauce mixture over medium heat until it starts to boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about ten minutes.
- Add the Parmesan cheese, whisking to combine it thoroughly in the sauce.
- Simmer the sauce for another ten minutes.
- In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package directions just to al dente.
- Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and simmer for ten more minutes, then serve hot.