Make Your Own Fake ‘Tinned’ Spaghetti at Home

Caitriona Redmond

September 12, 2019

Fake tinned spaghetti recipe

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This tinned spaghetti recipe hasn’t actually seen the inside of a tin (well apart from the tinned tomatoes I used to make it). Instead it’s a fake version to hide the good stuff. Junk food this is not!

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As with all my child-friendly recipes you should season this sauce to taste after serving. This minimises the salt intake of your child and makes it suitable for baby weaning. This dish is perfectly suitable for adults and to add a bit of texture I sprinkled some crispy bacon on top. Once cooked, you can decant any leftovers from the pot into a sterilised kilner-style jar, allow to cool and refrigerate the spaghetti in sauce for up to 5 days.

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Fake Tinned Spaghetti Recipe

The quantities below make enough fake tinned spaghetti to feed 4 adults, so as you can guess you will get plenty of kids meals out of it!


  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 2 tinned of good quality chopped tomatoes
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped roughly
  • 200g fine cut pasta {hint : I used Lubella pasta (Filini No. 2), commonly found in the Polish groceries section of your supermarket or in European Foodstores as the texture and consistency is perfect}


  1. On a medium heat, using a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the sunflower oil and then add the onions. Stir and allow to cook gently in the oil for 5 minutes before adding the carrots, tomatoes and apples. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer on very low for about 1 hour.
  2. After 1 hour test the vegetables, if they are cooked through they should break up easily using the back of a spoon. Turn off the heat and leave to cool slightly before blitzing or blending the mixture.
  3. To serve, pour the fine cut pasta into the warm sauce and stir well. Bring the heat back up and allow to simmer for  minutes before serving. If you feel that the sauce is too thick at any point, add a tablespoon of water until you get the consistency you like.

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland.

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Published On: September 12th, 2019 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: January 11th, 2022 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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