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Product typeCanned pasta
Introduced1965; 57 years ago (1965)

SpaghettiOs is an American brand of canned ring-shaped pasta pieces in tomato sauce.[1] It is marketed to parents as "less messy" than regular spaghetti. More than 150 million cans of SpaghettiOs are sold each year.[2] They are sold in tomato sauce and with additions including meatballs, pieces of processed meat resembling hot dog slices, beef-filled ravioli, and calcium-fortified spaghetti.

While SpaghettiOs is a trade name, the equivalent food made by various manufacturers is available in many countries[3] as 'spaghetti hoops', 'spaghetti loops', or 'spaghetti rings'.


Canned spaghetti—short lengths in tomato sauce—was available long before rings were introduced.[4] Ring-shaped canned pasta was introduced in 1965 by the Campbell Soup Company under the Franco-American brand, by marketing manager Donald Goerke, nicknamed "the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs",[5] as a pasta dish that could be eaten without mess.[5][2] Other shapes considered included cowboys, Native Americans, astronauts, stars, and sports-themed shapes.[2] Goerke created over 100 products during his 35 years with Campbell, including the Chunky line of soups.[2][6] SpaghettiOs were introduced nationally without test marketing[6] and with television advertising using the tag line "the neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon" and the jingle "Uh-Oh! SpaghettiOs" sung by Jimmie Rodgers (loosely based on his 1950s song "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again").[2] Other companies rapidly produced their own spaghetti hoops.[4]


Ingredients of SpaghettiOs Original are: water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste), enriched pasta (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), high-fructose corn syrup, contains less than 2% of: salt, enzyme modified cheddar cheese (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes, calcium chloride], water, disodium phosphate, enzymes), vegetable oil (corn, canola, and/or soybean), enzyme modified butter, skim milk, beta carotene for color, citric acid, paprika extract, flavoring. Potential allergens: wheat and milk.[7]

The Environmental Working Group assessed the nutrition, ingredients, and processing of Spaghettios in Tomato and Cheese Sauce, producing detailed results and a weighted score of 6.0/10, typical for this type of foodstuff.[8]



In June 2010, Campbell recalled 15 million lbs (6.8 million kg) of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs (all that had been produced since December 2008 minus the large fraction that had already been consumed)[9] due to the malfunction of a cooker at one of the company's Texas plants.[10] No reports of illnesses associated with the product and no customer complaints were recorded at the time of the recall.[9]

Pearl Harbor tweet[edit]

On December 7, 2013, the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, SpaghettiOs' Twitter account posted a picture of a smiling cartoon SpaghettiO holding the U.S. flag and captioned, "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us." The posting was met with criticism by users, who found the tweet to be disrespectful to those who were affected by the attack. The post also quickly spawned parodies, as other users such as comedian Patton Oswalt edited the cartoon SpaghettiO into photos of other national tragedies such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 9/11, the Hindenburg disaster, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, and the sinking of the Titanic. SpaghettiOs quickly removed the tweet in question and apologized for any offense it may have caused.[11][12]

Actress and comedian Natasha Leggero faced criticism for remarks regarding the tweet during NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly later that month, where she quipped that "it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew." In response, Leggero remarked that "the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is [not] in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television".[13][14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campbell's What's In My Food". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fox, Margalit (13 January 2010). "Donald Goerke, Creator of SpaghettiOs, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "Spaghetti Rings". Gerber. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Full of beans - Heinz in the UK". 16 February 2016. spaghetti production began in 1930
  5. ^ a b Nelson, Valerie J. (January 14, 2010). "Donald E. Goerke dies at 83; 'the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Downey, Sally A. (13 January 2010). "Donald Goerke, 83, creator of Campbell's SpaghettiOs". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  7. ^ "SpaghettiOs Original - Nutrition and Ingredients". Campbell Soup Company. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  8. ^ "EWG's Food Scores: Campbell's Spaghettios Original Pasta in Tomato and Cheese Sauce". Environmental Working Group. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b Jalonick, Mary Clare (18 June 2010). "Campbell Soup recalls SpaghettiOs". NBC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  10. ^ Khan, Atiya (17 June 2010). "Texas Firm Recalls Three Varieties of 'SpaghettiOs' With Meatballs That May Be Underprocessed". USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  11. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (7 December 2013). "Uh-oh: SpaghettiOs pulls its ridiculous Pearl Harbor tweet". The Verge. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  12. ^ Briquelet, Kate (7 December 2013). "SpaghettiOs pulls offensive Pearl Harbor tweet". New York Post. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  13. ^ "TV highlights: Networks compete for most entertaining New Year's show". Washington Post. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Comedian Natasha Leggero responds to controversy over World War II veteran joke: 'I'm not sorry". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Comedian Natasha Leggero is Sorry/Not-Sorry About SpaghettiO-Gate". New York Observer. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

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