Homemade Spaghetti O’s and Meatballs
I am always looking for new things to make my kids for lunch. A recipe gets bonus points if I can send it with the big kid to school and feed it to the little kid at home. Tricia originally featured this recipe in the eCookbook “Survive Before 5: Toddler Meals for Your Busy Days“, a fabulous freezer cooking resource for anyone with young children. I decided to add yummy meatballs to my spaghetti-os, and they were a huge hit! This is a great recipe to freeze in individual containers, or in quart freezer bags, heat up on a school morning, and serve in a thermos for lunch – it’s that simple!
Homemade Spaghetti-os and Meatballs
Heather @ onceamonthmeals.com, adapted from eCookbook “Survive Before 5: Toddler Meals for Your Busy Days”
- 10 ounces ground chicken
- 4.5 Tablespoons pesto
- 4.5 Tablespoons breadcrumbs
- 4.5 cups tomato sauce
- 2.5 cups water
- 2.25 teaspoons garlic powder
- 0.5 pound anelleti or other fun shaped pasta
- 0.75 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 0.25 cups whole milk
- 8 Tablespoons butter
- 1.25 teaspoons salt, divided
- pinch of pepper
To make meatballs: Combine ground chicken, pesto, breadcrumbs, 0.25 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper in bowl. Roll into meatballs about 3/4 of an inch using a heaping teaspoon. You should have about 40 meatballs. To make spaghetti-os: Combine tomato sauce, water, garlic powder in a large pot. Bring to a boil. When tomato mixture is boiling, add pasta and meatballs to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes, or until pasta is soft. Stir in cheese until melted. Add milk, butter and salt to taste.
**Note: There is no need to cook the meatballs before adding them to the boiling tomato sauce mixture – they cook right in the same pot while the pasta is cooking. Easy peasy!
Prepare as directed above. Allow to cool and divide evenly into 8 ounce (1 cup) containers, or quart freezer bags. To serve: Reheat in microwave until heated through, approximately 1-2 minutes. Serve, or place in thermos for school lunch.
**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann