Dairy Free SpaghettiO’s
I LOVED SpaghettiO’s when I was a kid. Even as an adult, I often walk by them in the grocery aisle and contemplate tossing a can or two in my cart. Then I read the label. Not only do those yummy little O’s contain milk that my toddler can’t eat, but there are also a few other ingredients that I can’t identify. No thanks.
Thankfully for me I happened to stumble upon this recipe over at MSPI MAMA for vegan, homemade SpaghettiO’s, and what a great find it was! They taste amazingly like the original canned version, and what kid doesn’t love SpaghettiO’s?!?! (or mom for that matter)
Just 8 ingredients and a half hour of cooking time, and you’ll be enjoying a nice big bowl of homemade SpaghettiOs, minus the milk and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Thank you, MSPI MAMA for this great recipe!
Dairy Free SpaghettiO’s (vegan)
(Recipe from MSPI MAMA)
makes 4 – 6 servings (4 if serving adults, 6 for the kiddies!)
1 15-oz. can plain tomato sauce
15 oz. rice milk (just use the empty tomato sauce can to measure) NOTE: I used hemp milk, and they were still delicious.
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast, optional (See note.)
1 7-oz. pkg. ring-shaped pasta
water, as needed
Stir together in a medium saucepan all the ingredients, except for the pasta and water. Bring the tomato mixture to a boil and stir in the pasta. Turn the heat down and cook the pasta as it simmers, stirring often to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Continue to cook and stir the mixture until the pasta is tender. (The time will vary depending on the size and shape of the pasta but will likely be much longer than indicated on the pasta’s package.) Add a splash of water, as necessary, to keep the sauce from becoming too dry. (I probably added about 1 cup of water by the time I was finished.) Adjust seasoning to taste – including a bit of sugar, if you prefer your sauce on the sweeter side.
Note: Nutritional yeast is not necessary in this recipe, but it helps replace the flavor of cheese. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, so it’s a great addition to your diet. You can find it at most health food stores or online.
GF: For a gluten-free option, use a small gluten-free pasta. If you can’t find one that is satisfactory, try using a gluten-free spaghetti noodle and breaking it into small pieces before cooking.
Nutritional information calculated using unsweetened hemp milk. Calorie count may vary depending on the type of milk and pasta you use.