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Homemade SpaghettiOs (SpaghettiDanO’s)

Homemade SpaghettiOs (SpaghettiDanO’s)

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Uh-Oh Dan-O’s! We’ve got a childhood classic today with these homemade SpaghettiO’s. Savory Dan-O’s Original meatballs in a simple but delicious red sauce and the perfect al dente pasta give you flavor that is Dan-O-Myte in every bite! Dan-O’s Cheesoning helps bring this to the next level with rich parmesan with that signature Dan-O’s flair. The beauty of this meal is that it not only fills your belly but your heart with nostalgia for those lazy summer days as a kid. The only difference now is that you’ll be making new memories with your homemade spaghetti-O’s!

History of SpaghettiOs

Back in 1965, Donald Goerke a marketing manager at Campbell Soup Company who helped introduce SpaghettiOs under the Franco-American brand. Goerke, whose nickname is the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs, wanted to introduce a pasta dish that could be eaten without the mess. The product was a bit of a risk, being quickly introduced to the national market without any test marketing. But they ran out of the gate full speed ahead with the tagline “the neat round spaghetti you can with a spoon!”, and then that classic jingle “Uh-Oh! SpaghettiOs!”. The SpaghettiOs jingle was based on the Franco-American jingle sung by Jimmie Rodgers. And the Franco-American jingle was inspired by Rodgers own song “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again”. We all know the product was a smash hit, and the rest is history.

Outside of SpaghettiOs, Goerke had a very prolific career. During their time with Campbell Soup, they created over 100 products! In addition to his executive career, Goerke became a sort of goodwill ambassador for the Campbell Soup company. He made appearances on shows like “What's my line?”, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities like President Regan, Martha Stewart, and so many others. Goerke died from heart failure in 2010, but his legacy is carried on by those who SpaghettiOs touched their hearts in childhood.


  • 17.6 oz bag of Anellini Pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 28 oz can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes
  • Dan-O’s Original Seasoning
  • Dan-O’s Cheesoning Seasoning

Preparation Instructions

  1. Boil pasta until al dente and strain.
  2. Combine ground beef and Dan-O’s into a bowl and form small meatballs.
  3. Brown meatballs in a hot skillet until desired doneness.
  4. Chop garlic and add to a small pan with basil. Cook until soft (careful to not burn garlic).
  5. Add tomatoes to pan with garlic and basil and simmer. Mix together with an immersion blender until smooth.
  6. Add pasta, meatballs, and sauce to a large bowl and mix together.
  7. Top with Dan-O’s Cheesoning Seasoning, serve and enjoy!


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