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A pot of homemade spaghettios.

Easy Homemade Spaghetti O's with Meatballs

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 00:20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Make your favorite childhood lunch from a can, but better, with a few simple ingredients. These Homemade Spaghetti O's with Meatballs are a super fun one-pot 15-minute easy lunch or dinner.


Units Scale
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (6 or 7-ounce) can tomato paste (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons of pizza seasoning or dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, more to taste (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
  • 2 cups frozen mini beef meatballs
  • 5-6 cups of beef broth or water
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 16 ounces dried Annelini pasta
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Melt the butter in a large nonstick stock pot over medium heat. Add the tomato paste, pizza seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomato paste darkens slightly in color, about 5 minutes.
  2. To the pot, add the sugar (if using), meatballs, and 5 cups of beef broth. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente, stirring often. Add more broth as needed if the sauce looks too thick.
  4. When the pasta is cooked through, shut off the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese (if using).
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding in additional broth and salt as necessary.
  6. Divide into bowls and serve immediately.


The pasta can be purchased online: I've tried this Abruzzi version and this Sicilian one--they're both good.

This recipe was tested using Diamond Crystal coarse kosher salt. If you use Morton's kosher salt or fine salt decrease by about half for volume, or use the same amount by weight.