This Easy Homemade Spaghetti-O’s recipe is full of nostalgic, comforting goodness. Whip up a batch of this scratch-made pasta with just a handful of ingredients, and it comes together so quickly! Italian sausage adds some depth and makes it the coziest, filling meal. You’ll love the fresh herbs, hearty flavor, and wholesome fun vibe of this childhood classic with a delightful bit of elevation!

homemade spaghetti-o's with Italian sausage in large white pot

Listen, I don’t know about you but I remember eating spaghetti-o’s like clockwork as a kid. It was my favorite and brings back so many memories for me. However, it was in the can or little round container or something so you know there were likely some weird ingredients in there, ha! This cozy, homemade spaghetti-o’s recipe is a feel-good nod to the OG that we all know of.

Homemade Spaghetti-O’s Recipe 😍

First thing, this recipe is so very easy to bring together, friends. It all whips up with just a few ingredients, many of which you might already have on hand. Personally, I love the addition of Italian sausage in this spaghetti-o’s recipe, adding a ton of heartiness and flavor. You’ll appreciate the 1-pot vibe of this recipe, too. Whether you’re in it for the comforting reminiscence or just want a good pasta recipe…this dish checks the box. The whole family will enjoy it!

⇢ Whether it’s this Creamy Lemon Herb Butter Ravioli, my reader-favorite, Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi, or this insanely scrumptious Chicken In White Wine dish…1-pot recipes all day, erryday! I know you all love ’em just the same 🙌🏾.

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Recipe Highlights & Why You’ll Love It ♡

Here’s some top tings + bits about this homemade spaghetti-o’s dish:

  • LOW-EFFORT/HIGH-REWARD: Because this is a one-pot pasta recipe, it’s one of the main reasons why this spaghetti-o’s situation is so easy. It’s super simple and straightforward, you really can’t fugg it up lol. Plus, there’s few ingredients needed to make it, and it’s not skimping on flavor at all.
  • FRAGRANT FLAVORRRR: Lotsa fresh basil, garlic, and a few spices.
  • SIMPLE, COZY SAUCE: I really like the simplicity of the sauce that’s featured here. You won’t find a heavy sauce with this one, instead it’s light and fresh with canned tomatoes and broth being the main components.

Ingredients Needed For This Easy Homemade Spaghetti-O’s:

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Oil: For browning the sausage, olive oil is what I use.
  • Italian sausage: Any ground Italian sausage (hot or mild) you’d like or Italian sausage links with the casings removed, boom.
  • Shallot: The sweet delicate bite from a shallot is so nice.
  • Garlic: You know my motto- garlic is life, garlic is #bae!
  • Spices: I use dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Whole, peeled tomatoes: We’re going to hand-crush the whole, peeled tomatoes directly into the pot until they’re nice and jammy. I’m a big fan of San Marzano tomatoes because they’ve got a good flavor and quality to them, and they grow from a specific region of Italy.
  • Fresh basil: Pops of herbaceous basil add fresh flair, mmm.
  • Anellini pasta: The famous, signature pasta shape for spaghetti-o’s, friends! They look like little rings, anellini means “rings” in Italian.
  • Chicken stock or broth: For more flavor and cooking the pasta.
  • Butter: A little pop of richness for oomph, yes indeed.
  • Fresh Parmesan: We’re making pasta, and pasta + parm are besties.
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How To Make This Pasta Dish:

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add in the sausage and use a wooden utensil so break up the sausage. Continue cooking the sausage until completely browned, about 7-8 minutes.
  2. Then add in the chopped shallot and continue cooking along with the browned sausage until the shallot softens, about 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another 1 minute until fragrant, stirring well to combine with the sausage mixture. Season the sausage mixture with the oregano and salt/pepper- to taste.
  3. With your hand over the pot, pour some of the peeled tomatoes in your hand and crush them as much as you can before adding them into the pot. Continue this process until all tomatoes have been added into the pot along with any sauce in the can as well. Then add in the chopped basil. Stir the mixture until well combined.
  4. Add the dried pasta into the pot, tossing to briefly combine with the meat mixture. Then pour in the chicken stock/broth to cover, stir well to fully combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook the pasta according to your package directions until the pasta is tender.
  5. When pasta is cooked through, remove from heat. Add in the butter and stir well to combine. Evenly divide the homemade spaghetti-o’s in serving bowls, and garnish with all the freshly grated parmesan you can handle!
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Tips + Tricks For Recipe Success & FAQs

In case you have more questions or looking for more helpful recipe information:

  • Can I use other pasta? Anellini is the star of the show for a true spaghetti-o’s dupe, but feel free to use any short-cut pasta of choice. For example, orecchiette, farfalle, penne, or casarecce to name a new.
  • Can I omit the sausage? Yes! You’ll likely need 1 tbsp of oil (instead of the 2 written in the recipe card) to sauté the shallot and proceed with the recipe.
  • Can I use other meat? The flavor of Italian sausage here is bomb. Although, you can def substitute with ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken if you’d like. Depending on the amount of fat in either one, you might need to drain or blot excess liquid after browning.
  • I want my spaghetti-o’s to have a soupy consistency: When the pasta cooks up, it releases its starches and therefore thickens the dish in the process. I find 3 cups of stock/broth to create a nice creamy/slightly thick spaghetti-o’s. If you prefer a soupy/looser consistency, simply add in more warm stock/broth until the texture is perfect for ya.
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What To Serve With Homemade Spaghetti-O’s

Because this dish has Italian sausage in it, it’s already so filling and delicious. But if you’re looking to pair it with a little something on the side:

Storing Leftovers

You can store any leftover homemade spaghetti-o’s inside of an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through, adding a splash of broth to help loosen the sauce, as needed. This is such a nice leftover-friendly meal! 👌🏾

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Y’all, this Homemade Spaghetti-O’s recipe is gonna take you all the way back to your childhood. It’s so delicious and cozy! Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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homemade spaghetti-o's with Italian sausage in large white pot

1-Pot, Easy Homemade Spaghetti-O’s with Italian Sausage

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  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian-American
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Description

This Easy Homemade Spaghetti-O’s recipe is full of nostalgic, comforting goodness. Whip up a batch of this scratch-made pasta with just a handful of ingredients, and it comes together so quickly! Italian sausage adds some depth and makes it the coziest, filling meal. You’ll love the fresh herbs, hearty flavor, and wholesome fun vibe of this childhood classic with a delightful bit of elevation!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage (or links with casings removed)
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste (or 6 garlic cloves, finely minced)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano 
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper- to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 lb dried Anellini pasta (or any short-cut pasta)
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh grated parmesan, for serving- optional

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add in the sausage and use a wooden utensil so break up the sausage. Continue cooking the sausage until completely browned and slightly crisp, about 7-8 minutes.
  2. Then add in the chopped shallot and continue cooking along with the browned sausage until the shallot softens, about 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another 1 minute until fragrant, stirring well to combine with the sausage mixture. Season the sausage mixture with the oregano and salt/pepper- to taste.
  3. With your hand over the pot, pour some of the peeled tomatoes in your hand and crush them as much as you can before adding them into the pot. Continue this process until all tomatoes have been added into the pot along with any sauce in the can as well. Then add in the chopped basil. Stir the mixture until well combined. Note: I also like to use a potato masher to break down the tomatoes a little more, just a few strokes, until they’re nice and jammy- totally optional.
  4. Add the dried pasta into the pot, tossing to briefly combine with the meat mixture. Then pour in the chicken stock/broth to cover, stir well to fully combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover the pot with a lid leaving a slight gap. Cook the pasta according to your package directions, about 15-17 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
  5. When pasta is cooked through, remove from heat. Add in the butter and stir well to combine. Feel free to add in more warmed stock/broth if you’d like a thinner consistency.
  6. Evenly divide the homemade spaghetti-o’s in serving bowls, and garnish with lotsa freshly grated parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Storing leftovers: You can store any leftover homemade spaghetti-o’s inside of an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through, adding a splash of broth to help loosen the sauce, as needed.
  2. Please read blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.