Homemade “Spaghettios!”

Want a great homemade treat that kids will love? This recipe is so simple to make, and it tastes much better than those canned kids meals.

I discovered this great little recipe while on a pantry challenge. A pantry challenge is when you look into your pantry and try to use up the things you have on hand instead of going grocery shopping. During that pantry challenge, I found that I had a large number of cans of tomato soup as well as boxes of pasta.

This recipe did the trick with using up those ingredients. It actually turned out to be so yummy, that we have added it as a staple to our meal planning. I like both the fact that it is inexpensive to make, and the fact that the kids just seem to gobble it up.

My homemade “Spaghettios” recipe is based on a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. However, i modified it quite a bit, including the bake time. You may choose to leave out the garlic, but I find that it adds a nice sweet flavor and additional nutrition to this meal.

Instead of spaghetti, I like to use a nice hearty pasta shape.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound macaroni or other pasta (I used corkscrew)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • A heaping teaspoon of minced garlic (I buy minced garlic in a jar. It has that sweet, mild flavor after being refrigerated)
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Pour in pasta and cook according to package directions, usually for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente (firm to the bite); drain.

In large bowl, combine macaroni, soup, milk, cheese and 6 tablespoons butter. Pour into 9×13 baking dish. Top with bread crumbs and dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Enjoy!

Mary Ann Romans writes about her family’s money saving secrets in the Frugal Living Blog here at Families.com

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About Mary Ann Romans

Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com

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