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Old 08-13-2008, 01:06 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by elaine l View Post
I know this sounds horrid but my mother used to make it and we liked it. My oldest daughter actually requested it one year for her birthday dinner.

Brown 1 lb. ground beef (drain)
Diced pepper (if you have one)
Add 2 cans or 1 large of canned spaghetti (my mother used Franco American but I haven't seen it in awhile)
Heat together and serve.

We use to have in with a baked potato. Now that I am grown up, I don't see how that went together.

My mother would just heat up the spaghetti and serve it with fried hamburger patties, which I would cut up and dip in ketchup, and a vegatable, call it dinner? We didn't mind.

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Old 09-17-2008, 10:59 PM   #12
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Uh-oh Spaghetti-O's!

Franco American spaghetti without meatballs was probably an attempt to cut into the Chef Boyardee market - by eliminating the meatballs they could sell their product for less - and Moms didn't have to count meatballs to make sure every kid got the same number.

Spaghetti-O's didn't come out until about 1965 - and it was a genious idea ... kids could eat it with a spoon without making a mess, unlike spaghetti. It has probably survived to this day, under the Campbell label, because it still fits into the same niche ... and to compete Chef Boyardee has meatless "alphabet" and "dinosaurs" pasta in sauce - there is no challenge in eating an "O" - but you are a mighty hunter if you eat a "T-Rex", and you can't spell your name with your food if the only letters you get are "O"!

I pity the can snobs ... for they shall never enjoy some of the finer meals from the 1950's.

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Old 09-18-2008, 10:54 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
Uh-oh Spaghetti-O's!

I pity the can snobs ... for they shall never enjoy some of the finer meals from the 1950's.
I am a can snob and can't even imagine what canned spaghetti sauce could taste like, BUT, I do remember Spaghetti-O's. My kids loved them back in the mid 60's and couldn't get enough. Now the thought of it grosses me out. AAACCCKKK.
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:25 PM   #14
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i didn't mind chix noodle soup or spaghettios or grillod cheeses with plastic cheese. i'm a food snob now & i own canned pasta. so.....
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:42 PM   #15
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When I was a lot younger I would buy Chef BoyArDee as a diet tool it was low in calories and fat and oh so bland so I ate just enough to quelch the hunger as it did not make me want to eat a lot of it. Kind of a sucky diet when you can have fresh salads etc but I just didn't know any better in those days.

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