Chef Boyardee

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This article is about the canned pasta product line. For its founder, see Hector Boyardee.
Chef Boyardee
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Product type Canned pasta
Owner Conagra Brands
Introduced 1928

Chef Boyardee is a brand of canned pasta products sold internationally by Conagra Brands. The company was founded by Italian immigrant Hector Boyardee in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.,[1] in 1928.[2]


The Chef Boyardee factory in Milton, Pennsylvania, as seen from across the West Branch Susquehanna River at Central Oak Heights.

In 1924, Boiardi opened Il Giardino d'Italia restaurant[3] at East 9th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.[4] The idea for Chef Boyardee came about when restaurant customers began asking Boiardi for his spaghetti sauce.[3] He opened a factory in 1928, moving production to Milton, Pennsylvania, ten years later, where enough tomatoes and mushrooms could be grown.[2] He decided to name his product "Boy-Ar-Dee" to help Americans pronounce his name correctly.[3]

Two Chef Boyardee Mini Bites canned pasta products

The U.S. military commissioned them during World War II for the production of army rations, requiring the factory to run 24/7.[2] After the war, instead of reducing production, the company was sold to American Home Products in 1946 so that everyone working there would be able to keep their job.[2] American Home Products turned its food division into International Home Foods in 1996. Four years later, International Home Foods was purchased by ConAgra Foods, which continues to produce Chef Boyardee canned pastas bearing Boiardi's likeness.[5]

Current products (canned or microwaveable)[edit]

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs (Jumbo, Mini, or Regular)
  • Beefaroni-traditional Italian dish (Big, Regular, Whole Grain)
  • Ravioli (Beef, Mini Beef, Cheese, Chicken, sausage)
  • Chicken Alfredo
  • Lasagna (Regular or Whole Grain)
  • Mini (ABCs & 123s, dinosaurs, ravioli, or spaghetti & meatballs)
  • Macaroni (Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Chili Mac, Mac & Cheese, Pizza Twist, Kickin' Sloppy Joe, or Cheeseburger Maxx)
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Pizza Maker (Cheese or Pepperoni)
  • Spaghetti Sauce


  1. ^ "Quick Meals for Dinner with Chef's Canned Foods". ConAgra Foods, Inc. (Chef Boyardee). Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "real". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Abraham, Lisa (29 November 2011). "Your favorite food icons: Fact or fiction?". The Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Giardino". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "history". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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