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Spaghetti in a hot dog bun (inspired by the book of the same name, aka: ‘The Spaghetti Hair Book’ as my daughter used to call it) is a fun way to recreate (and eat!) an old food recipe favorite!
When I first heard about making spaghetti in a hot dog bun I was like, “Whoa.”
HOW COULD I NOT THINK OF THIS???
It’s such a fun, cool idea that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way with your kids all along!
(At least that’s what happened to me.)
If you’ve ever made old-school hot dog bun garlic bread where you make garlic bread using (almost stale) hot dog buns, then this will totally be your jam!
What Is Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun?
Spaghetti in a hot dog bun is exactly what it sounds like: spaghetti that is served in a hot dog bun. The spaghetti is made according to the package directions and then tossed in tomato sauce. The hot dog bun is toasted, like garlic bread. Then, the spaghetti is spooned into the toasted hot dog bun. Yummy!
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun paired with Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun Children’s Books
One of the (many) reasons that I decided to homeschool my daughter was so she could continue to grow in who she is.
I want her to be able to become a little more secure in who she is before she has others telling her that how she looks, feels, acts isn’t “normal” (whatever that is).
So, when I first saw Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy (illustrated by Kim Shaw), I knew we had to add it to our homeschool reading!
The book is about little Lucy, with amazing curly hair, and her school bully named Ralph.
Ralph makes fun of everything–Lucy’s hair, how she colors, and even her favorite lunch, spaghetti in a hot dog bun.
The lesson comes when Lucy has a chance to help Ralph–will she help him, or give the bully a taste of his own medicine?
Will she continue to be herself, even though it’s “different”?
(You’ll have to read to find out!)
From the book:
How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.
Listed Age Range: 4 – 11 years
Read Along With The Author [VIDEO]
Once you grab the book, read along with the author on this video.
(How fun, right?)
For our recipe pairing we made—what else?—spaghetti in a hot dog bun!
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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Recipe
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun
- 8 Hot dog buns (even stale ones are fine)
- 2 Tablespoons Melted butter
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder (more to taste, if needed)
- 1 package Spaghetti noodles
- 1 jar Spaghetti sauce
- Parmesan cheese (optional as garnish)
- Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.
- Drain noodles from water. Return noodles to pot and add sauce to warm.
- Open hot dog buns and place on baking sheet, being careful not to split them.
- Lightly brush melted butter onto inside of hot dog buns and then sprinkle with garlic powder.
- Broil for 2-3 minutes until inside of bun is just toasted. (Be careful, they burn quickly!)
- Remove buns from oven. Carefully spoon spaghetti inside. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Cool slightly before serving.
- Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.