Don’t serve spaghetti with hot dogs. Serve it in hot dogs! These Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites are so much fun and taste great, too!
And check out these fun Mummy Hot Dogs – also loved by kids and adults alike!
The saying “behind every great man, there’s an even better woman” – um, totally true (wink.) But, truth be told, behind all my awesomeness, I’ve got a pretty great man…who shares the potato chips, vacuums, and most importantly, who
wastes spends a lot of time on the internet and finds me all kinds of fabulously silly food ideas.
I mean, would you ever think to do this? (Hot dog haters, no comment!)
Hello. I’m a mom. With two little kids. I couldn’t make these fast enough.
My daughter thought they looked like a jelly fish. My son thought they looked like a rocket ship. I thought they look like tentacles from an octopus.
I’m thinking for Halloween next year, I’ll use orange pasta and dye the hot dogs black. (Well, that just sounds gross. And awesome.)
When I asked what they tasted like, we all agreed…spaghetti and hot dogs. With a big pile of fun.
We just coated the pasta with butter and Parmesan, but you could use marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, or add in some chili.
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Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites
- 1/2 pound thin spaghetti , broken in half
- 8 hot dogs , cut into 6 even pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Set a large pot of water to boil.
- Carefully thread 5-7 spaghetti strands through each hot dog piece. Cook until pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes.
- Drain and mix with the butter. Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of Parmesan.
- That’s it! Only requirement is you must eat with a smile on your face!NOTE: Thin spaghetti is in between regular and angel hair. If you use regular spaghetti, it won't cook enough and angel hair is too fragile.
Reader Questions and Reviews
Great for kids
I have made this a couple times when I had my younger brothers over, 9 & 12. Even though they are a bit older they still enjoy it. Tonight I am making it for my boyfriend as a surprise. since we watched the one Pirates of the Caribbean movie with the Kraken in it last night. Anywho, it is easy and always fun.
I’m horrible at cooking but surprise i didn’t blow up the house. i was the only one that was brave enough to try it and it was amazing. i recommend using chili and putting a little bit of cheese
“Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites” the idea is so amazing, love it !
I’m going to make it with kielbasa, alfredo sauce, broccoli, and green peppers. Will post update as to how it tastes!
If you encounter any frankfurters or sausages with a tough casing you could pierce them with a wood or metal skewer first then thread the spahgetti through it, I usually buy the turkey sausage that’s skinless.
Thanks for the new look… my family love it a lot… it’s a must now… ???
I was trying to find something a little different to serve for my granddaughters 8th birthday dinner tomorrow and this is just perfect. Can’t wait to try it, I know she’ll love it.
Did she liked it?
even HOT DOG haters can find uncured natural hotdogs in beef, turkey, chicken and vegetarian. Still should be fun for kids.
If I were to make a sauce what would be kid friendly and not detract from the hot dog fun aspect. (guess could be served on the side as a dip?)
I just mix it with butter and Parmesan!
I cooked these until Al Dente. And I used the Hillshire all beef midget links. I also used a can of creamy cheddar soup w/ some grated parmesan and a 1/2 pack of cheddar cheese, w/ about a cup and 1/4 of milk. I heated the soup and cheeses until melted, then added seasonings. Which consisted of a little S & P and a good pinch of granulated garlic. Then I mixed, and simmered in the crock pot (low to warm) depending when it will be served. I figured that kids like Mac & Cheese and hotdogs? So why not, right? Not only did the kids at our holiday party enjoy this, but the adults raved over them too! :)
Sounds great, B!
I’m gonna do this today for my girls(6 and 2yo) I bet they will love it! I was looking for something to add to it since my kids don’t usually eat anything plain so this cheese sauce sounds perfect!
I would consider Italian Green Sauce, a cold uncooked sauce of parsley, basil, anchovy or oil from canned tuna, olive oil, rinsed capers, vinegar, S&P, made in a food processor. Has a nice herbal flavor with a maritime bouquet. You can call it seaweed sauce for hot dog octopi.
Recipe variants abound online. Made in 15 minutes. Also good over grilled fish, boiled beef, chicken, etc, and makes a nice alternative to pesto.
My family enjoyed this meal very much.Thank you for the new look for spaghetti .
What about pushing the spaghetti through the hot dog in the other direction? Leave the hot dog whole, then push the spaghetti through it perpendicularly to create a centipede.
As long as the outer layer isn’t so tough it breaks the raw spaghetti as you push through, that would be fun too!
So basically, I just want to say how greatful I am that you have shared this amazing recipe with the all of us! I’m 12 years old and I cooked this dish for me and my sisters…and comments were all positive! Even my mother said I did very well and cooked it nicely, so thank you so much. I must say that it did take me more than 21 minutes. But hopefully I’ll learn to use this recipe more off by heart in the future! :)
So happy to hear it, Hazel! I love that you’re cooking as such a young age. Keep it up!
Really tasty. Top marks! thanks for sharing.
Gonna make this for my boyfriend for his birthday tomorrow, but with a nice cheese sauce. He is gonna flip! He saw a picture of this one time and couldn’t stop smiling for almost an hour. xD hot dogs and spaghetti are a nostalgia thing for him I think lol this is genius.
I made these tonight with kielbasa and sausages. Came out great! Threw some tomato sauce and Parmesan on the sausages ones. Both kinds were at hit with my picky eater children. Thank you!
I made them with sausage yummy cuz I donlike hotdogs my husband liked them also
I made these today for my wife and I and we loved them! Thank u for the exciting recipe!
So happy to hear it, Matt! Fun, right? :)
Love it I had them for lunch and it is just amazing
Mm what to put on the side of it … only cheese?
I saw this recipe and asked my mom if I could make dinner tonight. She said yes. I’m only 12. If you make them with weenies that are like 2 inches long the noodle will not cook inside the weenie and it will be hard. So make sure they’re all like an inch long bit best results.
Hi Jacob – the recipe calls for hot dogs cut into 6 pieces, which would be smaller than weenies. It’s also worth mentioning that I used THIN spaghetti, which doesn’t take as long to cook as regular. Anytime you deviate from a recipe, no matter how simple, you can get different results.
My grandson will love this!
Oh man, that’s awesome! My grandma used to make spaghetti with hot dogs all the time when I was a little kid; I loved it. She never did anything cute like this, though. I’m going to have to remember this for when I have children.
Definitely..they’ll love it! Thanks, Sam!
My boys and I live in New Zealand. My eldest son saw your page on Facebook and asked to try it for dinner, so he made it for us for dinner. Was so tasty. Thank you so much. Will definately make it again :0)
That’s great – so glad to hear it!
Tried these tonight with my girls, 8 yrs old and 15 months old, they LOVED them! Melted shredded cheese on top and served them with baked beans and broccoli. We agreed that they are DELISH dipped in the sauce from the beans YUM! Oldest said that they look like a head with hair so she named it Harry……she said it needed a name so she could ask for it again very soon :o)
That is awesome, Jackie! LOVE. IT.
Hotdogs are a huge choking hazard for children under 3 years. I wouldn’t recommend you serve this to her without dicing it up on her plate.
I did garlic salt/butter and Angel hair pasta. Three girls from 5-13 loved them
They were amazing thanks for the great idea.
We loved this ‘recipe’ and we made it vegan. It was so much fun. Thanks. :)
Hot dogs pierced with noodles!
I really wish people would stop referring to stuff like this as a “recipe”.
I’m sure people refer to it as a recipe from habit, and lack of a proper substitute. Not quite sure why you’re irritated or felt the need to post a comment. It’s just all in good fun.
I think it is a recipe. And it is very refreshing to see a blogger standing up for themselves. The recipe is perfect for me. I don’t have any kids yet but I do have a very picky husband. I’m on bed rest and crutches when I do get up so easy recipes are always appreciated. I am going to mix this with broccoli and cheese sauce so it is a complete meal and has a sauce.
Thanks Brittanyann! I’m constantly amazed at the time people take out of their day to be critical of something so unimportant. Hope you’re on the mend!
Jamie..it IS a recipe…it may not contain the amount of ingredients for a traditional ‘recipe’..but it is still a recipe, as per the addition of hot dogs and spaghetti..and you boil it together…and eat…gee..I’D CALL THAT A RECIPE!!
HEE! Yes, Steven! Thank you for finding the words that I could not.
What difference if it is a recipie to you or not ? I almost bet you don’t eat hot dogs either. I do and my Grandkids and great grandkids DO. Always have to have Ketchup tho. Myself I love cheese sauce with mine. Thanks for the RECIPIE .
Oxford English Dictionary definition of recipe: “A set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.” Don’t know what other definition you are thinking of.
Ooooh, I’m going to use that the next time someone chirps about it. Thanks, Linda!
My boyfriend and I tried these, heated up our favorite can of Bush beans, spooned some over top with onion…yummy
Does the pasta have to be al dente? My family doesn’t prefer it.
Hi Samantha – cook it anyway you prefer… this is more for fun, than anything else :)
Hi. Im not trying to be rude but, I tried these tonight. They were terrible! I almost threw up. If I were you I would not try it. ????????
It’s pasta and hot dogs. If that makes you throw up, then I guess you shouldn’t eat pasta and hot dogs…
Just made these to make my husband laugh. They were actually pretty good w a little butter, parmesan and a dab of ketchup
Susanne – right? Nothing special, but they sure are fun. Glad you enjoyed them!
I agree with you. I was very excited to tey these but dissapolpointed when i realized the part of the noodle that was in the hotdog was very hard and uncooked:(
You didn’t cook them, right then. Or you used regular spaghetti, instead of THIN spaghetti, as the recipe calls for. I have made this dish more times than I can count and the pasta is ALWAYS cooked through.
To hell with children, I’m 27 and I can’t wait to eat these.
Ha! I feel ya!
awesome, my 2½ year old daughter loved these, she said they were octopus. I live in Buffalo, and we have so many awesome staple foods here, I only eat Sahlens brand hot dogs (these are like you’ve always remembered hot dogs) and angel Hair pasta. It took me a while to put the pasta in, then I decided just to take a bunch and stick them in at the same time. I think the pasta cooks better inside the dog when you take the extra time to put each piece of pasta in, if it’s in a clump it won’t cook all the way, that may help a few ppl who had that problem
I’ve made these when I saw them on a different food site! I served mine with a cheddar cheese sauce…think ‘mac n’ cheese with hot dogs’! It was soooo good and fun to make!
I mades these but used chili instead of a tomato based sauce. Then put shredded cheese and shredded onion on it.
Wow our Girl Guides will just love making and eating these on camp
I think this is an absolutely amazing idea, my 13 grandchildren will absolutely love this. It seems like a neat way to get them all to enjoy a meal all together. But I would really like to use a larger noodle so it could hold some sauce. Do you think tetrazzini noodles work, or perhaps penne?
Hi Joe! Unfortunately, a tube pasta or thicker noodle won’t work. You need a thin dried pasta, one that has a sharp/pointed end so that it can be “threaded” through the hot dog before it’s cooked.
O.M.G. this is such a cute idea!! going to give them a try with my grandkids! I think they will be a hit!
They’re definitely a winner with little kids! Have fun!
Just made this tonight and topped it with leftover homemade chili and shredded cheddar cheese. I think Cincinnati chili would be even better on top with chopped onions as well!
I was just thinking the same thing with ‘Cincinnati Chili’…can’t wait to try these with my grandkids..and this big KID!
These are fun – no matter what age you are! Thanks, Steven :D
Just made these for my little brothers and it was a huge success! Thanks so much :)
I love it! i’m about to try this very soon :)
I just made this out of curiosity and they are yummy!! Boiled hotdogs are my favorite and I even added some shredded cheese on this! Ty for sharing!
I like to surprise my husband on a routine basis at dinner, by choosing a new and different ethnic cuisine, or preparing an old stand by in a new way. This will surely surprise him, along with some silly vegetable side dish and another “kid” oriented side or two. Off to hunt them down. I wonder how to search for those? lol
This would surely work well with zuchinni or other long vegetables that would boil well? Maybe the pasta will take longer to boil though.. mm
I made sure that cooking times were identical for hot dogs AND spaghetti by using quick-cook pasta…. brought the water to a rolling boil, plunged in the sausage-and-pasta quirky things – and turned the heat off, covered, and left for 6 minutes. Perfectly cooked.
Definitely one to be tried – just for the fun of it!!
Boiled hot dogs are something that adults should never have
meanwhile use sausage for awesomeness.
What? Why can’t adults eat hot dogs?? I will be eating them for the rest of my life ._. Creep.
Noticed we had some leftover polish dogs and plenty of spaghetti, so I decided to make this dish for the family tonight (live at home) It was a big hit, everyone liked it!
In the words of my 9 year old grandson. Grandma these are AZMAZING!!!! Lol
Thanks Amy they were a big hit with the grandkids!! No sauce just some KETUP lol!!! Which these days am thankful I have a HEINZ connection!!!
Am cooking them now curious as to what the grandkids will think of them lol!!! Love the idea myself thanks
I don’t know how long it’s been since I bought (or ate) hotdogs. But when I saw this recipe, I thought it might be a hit with my kids. (by the way, hotdogs are expensive and they don’t make them like they used to… much better imo). Anyway… the kids gobbled them up without any questions or comments about how “gross” or “weird” anything looked. Who’d a thunk it??
We’re not regular hot dog eaters, except at the ball game and anual fire station open house. But I don’t know…there’s something about a hot dog (like mac and cheese) that is comforting to me. Weird? Clearly there’s nothing gourmet about this meal. It’s just fun. And I can’t imagine most kids not getting a kick out of it. Yours included!
I tried out this recipe. While the outside pasta cooked just fine, the parts inside the meat never cooked. I even tried with angel hair and boiled it for a couple minutes longer but that didn’t help. How did you cook the pasta all the way through?
I boiled the pasta according to the directions on the package for al dente. Cooked all the way through.
They look so fun,but do the hot dogs plump up and get all misshapen after boiling them? Also do you use regular old hot dogs because in the picture they look loke little smokies.
Yes, regular hot dogs, cut up into pieces as instructed. They do plump up but should not misshapen. They should look like the picture. Lynne, don’t take this dish too seriously. It’s not meant to be precise…just something silly. Hope you Have fun with it!
What a neat idea. My son is an eater. However, he would love these. He loves plain pasta and hot dogs. The combo would be fun for him!
I made this dish for my 11 year old and my 5 year old who is autistic, and it was a hit! We called them “spaghetti octopi” and my daughter had a garlic pasta sauce where my son had a garlic topping, and they both ate what I gave them (no small feat in my house!) These will definitely be on the list of regular entrees for us, thank you for sharing it!
Greetings Ali – what an awesome feeling it is to know these were so well received and served a sensory purpose, too. Yay!
I call these “lingweenies”
I work with children in grades 3-5. One of the things that we teach them as part of self-sufficiency is basic cooking skills. The spaghetti & hot dogs idea seems like a great idea for them: fun, frugal, & filling. We will definitely be trying them.
What fun! And how wonderful to know that some teachers/schools continue to incorporate something other than reading and math into the lesson plan :D
Hahaha! Those are awesome, I guess my niece is going to love them!
Hotdogs and spagetti
Making the birthday dinner for a friend who has had hot dogs every year on his birthday for the last 36 years. Won’t he be surprised this year?! I know the kids will love it, and maybe I can even have a chance to impress his parents a little, despite having hot dogs for the entree!! Thanks so much! :)
YAY :D Gourmet, they are not…but they are seriously fun! Guaranteed to put an instant smile on any hot dog lover’s face. He’ll love them.
This gave me such an incredible giggle. I owe Paul for that.
And for next Halloween… maybe blood sausage? ;)
I come here to be entertained (and to say hi) and mission accomplished, I am amused by this! Good job searching Paul and Amy on the execution of course :)
Soo cute – my kiddos would love this. I feel like the spaghetti would break on me as I am pushing through the hot dog, but I will just have to try for myself. I guess as long as you push it straight through it will be fine. I’m thinking some type of a cheese sauce would be good here..
Hi Becki – I thought the same thing, but I didn’t have any problems. I think the sharpness of the spaghetti end and the softness of the hot dog made it easy. And you don’t really push it from the end, per se. It’s more like you guide it little by little. If you do have problems, maybe use regular spaghetti instead of the thin version.
I’ve been a hot dog hater for YEARS due to my brother traumatizing me with them…but this is pretty cute.
Ah…if only I liked hotdogs. Good idea next time the kids are at my house though. Hint…hint!
I’ve done this with my kids before and they loved them with spaghetti sauce. You can also cut 7 thin slits lengthwise up a hotdog, leaving an inch on top whole, then boil it and the “legs” get all squiggly like an octopus. Oh what we do to please our kids!
I am laughing so hard right now at the AWESOMENESS of this post.
Hmmm…..looks like someone had too much time on their hands…LOL
I’m glad I read the directions, for a minute there, I thought you threaed the noodles through after they were cooked….May give these a try for the grand babies…Joseph would Love them!
Say a picture of these on Flickr and searched for a recipe and found yours. Kids and the wife loved making them and eating them. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you found me, Terry!