Are you tired of feeding your kids the same old boring hot dogs? Next time, ask the kids to help you make Octo-Dogs! This is another one of my “5 ingredients or less” recipes.
Marlo got this creative recipe idea from an old friend, so I tested it out on my playgroup this week. The Octo-Dogs were a hit! (Thanks to Kathy W. for the clever name!)
1 package of hot dogs, any kind, preferably one without nitrates
1 package of spaghetti noodles, preferably whole wheat or multi-grain
1 cup of spaghetti sauce, jarred or homemade
- Fill a large pot with water. Add a pinch of salt and bring the water to a boil.
- Slice each hot dog into 6 or 8 pieces. If serving to toddlers, first slice the hot dog lengthwise to reduce the risk of choking.
- Skewer each hot dog piece with 4 pieces of uncooked spaghetti. Center the hot dog on the pasta strands, as pictured below. Children could help with this step.
- When the water is boiling, cook the Octo-Dogs according to the pasta package directions.
- Gently warm the spaghetti sauce on the stove top or in the microwave.
- Drain and rinse the Octo-Dogs with lukewarm water to prevent sticking.
- Serve warm with pasta sauce on the side for dipping.
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