Make Fun Hot Dog Spaghetti at Home With Your Kids!
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Your kids will love this fun hot dog spaghetti idea!
Want to bring some excitement into your kitchen?! Hot dog spaghetti is a slightly goofy food trend that makes mealtime more fun and silly for kiddos.
My little ones LOVE this dinner idea and ask for it at least once a week. It’s easy to whip up and there are only 2 simple ingredients involved. The best part? Your kids will do most of the prep work for you!
This hot dog spaghetti recipe is so simple and your kids can help you make it!
All you need for this fun spaghetti recipe are hot dogs and spaghetti noodles. I like to use Oscar Meyer Uncured Bun-Length Weiners or Ballpark Bun Size Beef Franks because they provide 4 perfect bite-size pieces from each hot dog. Feel free to cut smaller pieces though if these are too big for your kids.
You’ll want to use a thick spaghetti noodle that won’t fall apart in the hot dog bites—my go-to brand is Rao’s Homemade Spaghetti Noodles because they’re nice and firm, but when I can’t find them at the store, I use Barilla Spaghetti Pasta.
How to make hot dog spaghetti:
Once you have your ingredients, boil a large pot of water and get ready to prep your hot dog noodle bites. This is the part that kids love!
After you’ve sliced your bun-length hot dogs into quarters, let your kids stuff them with the dry, uncooked noodles. We usually use 5 noodles per hot dog piece, but you can add more for a bigger portion.
Two hot dogs per bowl makes for the perfect portion for my kiddos, but you can use more or less depending on how much your kids eat. Now all you have to do is boil your spaghetti kebobs in a pot of water and they’ll be ready to gobble up in a few minutes!
It’s so easy to make hot dog spaghetti that I even created a video to show you the simple process…
Can’t see the video above? Check it out on YouTube!
Hip tips for making hot dog spaghetti:
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to the boiling water to keep noodles from sticking together.
- Avoid over-stuffing the hot dog pieces so they have enough room to expand and cook evenly.
- Add your favorite seasonings, shredded cheese, or pasta sauce to jazz up your dish!
Hot Dog Spaghetti
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 5 MINUTES
cook time: 5 MINUTES
total time: 10 MINUTES
Who knew that sticking raw spaghetti through a hot dog could result in a fun-to-eat kid-friendly dinner idea!
- 8 bun-length hot dogs
- 1/2 lb. spaghetti noodles
Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil on the stove.
While the water is boiling, cut each hot dog into four even pieces.
Thread 5 uncooked spaghetti noodles into each hot dog piece until the hot dogs are in the middle of the noodles.
Place the hot dog spaghetti skewers in the pot of boiling water and let cook for about 5-7 minutes.
Once fully cooked, remove from heat and add butter, sauce, or seasonings if desired. Gobble up and enjoy!
Adults can enjoy hot dog spaghetti, too!
While your kids are making their hot dog and spaghetti bites, you can make your own adult version, too! I like to use kielbasa sausage instead of hot dogs and add in some tomato noodle skewers and cajun seasoning for a fancier version.
When you need a quick and filling dinner idea for the whole family, you really can’t go wrong with an easy one-pot meal like this!
We tried this, the spaghetti inside the dog did not cook at all. My boys called it a ‘Crunchy dog’
Oh bummer! Sorry to hear that! Maybe try boiling them just a bit longer. Hoping this might help!
My kids love these. We call them octopus dogs.
My kids call them octupus too! I have 6 kids and been doing this with all them. They love it preparing it & eating it.
That’s awesome Thomas! It’s such a fun meal for kiddos!
I am so sorry, but this is just gross! LOL (from the dog rescue lady, who has seen tooooo much!) ;0)
Barf…no nutritional value either
disgusting ruining good spaghetti
Good grief we even have Spaghetti police/snobs. It’s a great idea.
Thanks James! It’s a fun way to get the kids involved with mealtime!
My little kids like these. They call them curly hair hotdogs 😆
Love that Jenbarley! We call it silly spaghetti haha!
Has anyone tried this with spaghetti sauce?
We have tried it with spaghetti sauce and it was pretty tasty! It goes especially well with sausage instead of hot dogs too!
my aunt makes these for her kids, they love them…hot dogs and spaghetti are my two worst food nightmares lol
Oh no, I’m sorry! It is definitely more of a kid-friendly meal!
Cute idea and fun for kids
My girls love these- but we cut the hot dogs in much much smaller slices.. otherwise the spaghetti stays kinda hard inside the hot dog.
My kids used to love these. It was a treat not something they ate regularly.
It would also be cute to have shorter spaghetti pieces, and then they would look like little spiders. Make a Catsup Web for them to sit on…