Alright you Chef Boyardee loving 90’s kids- I have a real treat for y’all here with these copycat One-Pot Spaghetti-o’s and Meatballs!
This One-Pot Spaghetti-o’s and Meatballs is actually more of a cross between the Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs and the Campbell’s Soup Spaghetti’Os and Meatballs. Why? Well, I was really going for the flavor of Chef Boyardee but the annelini pasta (you know, the ones that look like Spaghetti-O’s) are just too damn cute.
The recipe is easy to make and all made in one pot. I simply sear up a simple meatball, set them aside for a second and mix up a super simple, creamy tomato base. The base of the soup is a combination of Kettle & Fire Bone Broth Tomato Soup, broth, balsamic vinegar, and some seasonings. I then add uncooked pasta to the mixture and let it cook down until tender right, which helps thicken the sauce!
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The end result gives me all the nostalgic Chef Boyardee feels, and my kids LOVED it, also! A new family favorite for your dinner table that I can’t wait for y’all to try!
One-Pot Spaghetti O’s with Meatballs
For the Meatballs:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 egg whisked
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- 3 tbsp arrowroot flour
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
For the Rest:
- ½ cup finely diced yellow onion about ½ onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 [16-oz] cartons Tomato Bone Broth Soup
- 1 cup chicken broth beef broth works too
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp italian seasoning
- 1 cup small pasta such as ditalini, annelini, or stellini
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
- In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and arrowroot flour. Mix until well combined.
- Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs in a single layer (you may need to do it in two batches) and cook until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. (They don’t need to be cooked through, just browned as they will continue to cook later.) Transfer the browned meatballs to a plate and set aside.
- In the same pot, add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato bone broth soup, chicken broth, balsamic, and Italian seasoning and stir to combine. Add the meatballs back into the mixture and any of it’s juices.
- Add the pasta and gently stir to combine, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a light simmer and cook, uncovered and gently stirring often, until the pasta is tender and sauce has thickened, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Taste and sauce and add salt and pepper, if desired. Serve topped with basil!