Sometimes I feel like my kitchen is a place where I spend all my time taking individual food orders. I spend so much time catering to each family members individual tastes, which often results in me preparing many different meals at the same time just to appease everyone. Mom life, am I right?! Or should I say… Ahem… Kids!!!!

My 3, 6 and 8 year old are very particular about the food they are served. It can’t be to too hot or too cold. It can’t contain any spice. Wait… No… That was yesterday’s request… Today the food they are served can have a little spice… Wait… No… Scratch that. You catch my drift. Their taste buds change as quickly as the oceans current. It keeps me on my toes.

The one food that they will always gladly devour is Alphagetti.

Would you believe I actually craved Alphagetti with crumbled Oreo‘s when I was pregnant with my first? Seriously! It was good. However, that is a whole other story.

The problem I have with Alphagetti is that the canned stuff is crap. It is full of preservatives and sodium. All the stuff I don’t want my kids consuming. This is what drove me to come up with a Homemade version of this household favourite. It is made with real food, nutritious, and a great way to sneak vegetables into your children without them even knowing.

Homemade Alphagetti Recipe

Kid-Pleasing Homemade Alphagetti Recipe


  • 1 cup Alphabet Pasta (uncooked)
  • 680ml can of original pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup shredded zucchini or carrots (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook alphabet pasta until al dente. About 9 to 12 minutes.
  2. In another pot, add broth, pasta sauce, milk, spices, garlic and shredded veggies. Bring sauce to slow simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, drain and stir into sauce. Stir in parmesan cheese.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Note: The Alphaghetti may seem a touch runny when initially removed from heat, but rest assured it will set and thicken as it stands.

Homemade Alphagetti Recipe

*** This recipe was originally hosted on my blog, Handwritten Kitchen on YMC.

8 Comments on Kid-Pleasing Homemade Alphagetti Recipe

  1. Deb B.
    November 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm (2 months ago)

    This is absolutely BRILLIANT!! My kiddo is a picky eater too and I always have to find sneaky ways to integrate veggies too. This would be a huge hit in our household!!

  2. Monica Parlee
    November 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm (2 months ago)

    Believe it our not, my hubby loves Alphagetti, but it drives me crazy when he eats it. It’s so unhealthy! Going to try your recipe on the weekend and see what he thinks!

  3. Aeryn Lynne
    November 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh wow, that sounds delicious, AND easy to cook! Yay! I can’t wait to try this out for the nephew. Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  4. gingermommy
    November 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm (2 months ago)

    I have never thought to make this from scratch. Such a good idea!

  5. Kyla
    November 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm (2 months ago)

    I am soooo doing this this weekend.

  6. Amanda Komoski
    November 9, 2017 at 8:07 am (2 months ago)

    Looks amazing! My kids usually won’t eat the canned spaghetti but I know they’d eat this!

  7. Randa
    November 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm (2 months ago)

    I need to try this! I miss alphagettis, and the last time I made it – it was so disappointing! I bet this is so much better.

  8. Cyn Gagen
    November 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm (2 months ago)

    Hmmm. I wonder if I can get my son in law to eat this. Alphagetti is one of his faves – he eats so much! And he hates veggies. I’m going to have to try it.


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