Once you try this adult homemade version of Spaghettio’s, you will be hooked! This dish the perfect combination of cozy, comforting and has that sentimental nostalgia to bring you right down memory lane. It truly gives you all those childhood 90’s vibes in the best way possible. So, with that being said, make your next dinner both fun and tasty all in one!
I hate to admit it, but I lovedddd Spaghettio’s as a kid. I feel like you were either someone who loved them or thought they were completely gross. Hi! Over here...yep, I was one who loved them. However, I didn’t eat them as often as I would like because they were not the healthiest. Convenient, yes...tasty, yes....fun to eat, yes...healthy, not so much. I loved just scooping spoonfuls of small pasta rings, itty bitty meatballs and slurping the saucy tomato sauce. It was so satisfying!
So, if you were like me and loved them back then, I can guarantee that you will love this dish now. This Grown Up Spaghettio’s version is far superior to the canned version you might remember as a child. This Pretty Plate version consists of:
To put the icing on the cake, just top your bowl with some extra herbs, grated parmesan cheese because you can never have too much cheese (trust me, that isn’t a thing) and some red pepper flakes to turn up the heat if you’re into that.
This iconic go to meal and somewhat childhood “delicacy” when we were kids, can now be passed down to your kids with this Pretty Plate recipe! But, now the memories of it being unhealthy or “from a can” can be eliminated.
The Pasta Shapes: When it comes to the little O shape pasta, I feel like I was lucky enough to find the perfect resemblance. This is the brand I found from Mariano’s. I believe they have it at Jewel, possibly target, amazon and instacart. You can always use any O or circle shaped pastas such as ditalini as well.
The Itty Bitty Meatballs: When forming the meatballs, you want them to be small and mini. In order to get them to be this small, I used a 1 TSP measuring spoon to scoop the meatball mixture out of the bowl and roll them into mini versions. Do not over fill the teaspoon, because remember the goal is: mini. We like small adorable foods, although they can be tedious, it is worth it and they are our friend!
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Get ready to travel back in time. A time to when you were just a little kid and enjoyed the simple things in life such as: red tomato sauce, itty bitty meatballs and tender circle pasta shapes. Get ready to get hooked on these adult spaghettio's!
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