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4.43 from 7 votes

Homemade Spaghetti O's

A wholesome version of a much loved favorite children's pasta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American


  • 1 lb ditalini pasta
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking just until fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, salt, pepper, sugar, and butter. Heat while stirring until the butter is melted.
  • Slowly stir in the milk, and turn down the heat to low, simmering for about ten minutes. Stir the shredded cheese into the 'soup' until melted.
  • Drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta, then stir to combine making sure all of the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Serve, enjoy, and remember to freeze any leftovers to enjoy again for another meal.


recipe adapted from Seeded At The Table