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This classic is named after the shape that has brought smiles to kids’ mouths for half a century. With 125 millions cans sold each year, it’s no surprise this simple, affordable pasta dish has been a family favorite for four generations of Americans.

 

Key Ingredients

Pasta ‘O’s

The Os are made from durum and semolina which is ideal for pasta as it’s a ‘hard’ wheat and holds its shape. The flour is enriched with essential nutrients: niacin, ferrous sulfate (iron), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and folic acid (one of the B vitamins).

Tomato puree

Our tomatoes are mainly grown in California by family farmers, some who have grown for us for generations. The ripe tomatoes are harvested and immediately transported to our plants to be washed, steam-peeled and pureed.

Enzyme modified cheese

We use cheese which has been specially processed using enzymes to increase the flavor. Most of the enzyme modified cheese we use is made in Wisconsin. It also contains rennet, an enzyme which is essential to making the cheese hard. The rennet we use is derived from animals.

Vegetable oil

The oils we use may come from corn, canola and/or soybean as we use different oils depending on the season and availability. No matter which oil is used, we ensure the taste of the product doesn't change. The oils we use are considered "good oils" as they contain high amounts of unsaturated fats.

Protein

Our meatballs and franks are both made using pork, chicken, and beef. The chicken is mechanically separated, which means machines are used to separate meat from the bone.

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS


We use a selection of ingredients to make each mouthful taste and feel great. Here are some examples. If the ingredient you want to know more about is not here, visit our ingredients page.

Citric acid

Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits and tomatoes and can add a sharp or tart flavor. It is commonly used to control the acidity of shelf stable products. The citric acid we use is made from either sugar or corn.

High fructose corn syrup

A liquid sweetener made from corn starch. It is nutritionally the same as sugar, and similar in composition to table sugar.

Natural flavors

A common term for flavors which give products their distinctive tastes. Natural flavors, oils or extracts can be derived from a wide range of foods – beef, chicken, seafood, fruits, vegetables and herbs. If a natural flavor contains one of the eight top allergens we include this in the ingredients list on the product label. We choose natural flavors in order to avoid using artificial flavors.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS


In America, approximately 90% of all canola, corn, soybean and sugar beet crops are grown from genetically modified seeds. Farmers have been using these seeds for more than 20 years as they are safe, reduce costs and improve yields.

Some ingredients used in SpaghettiOs may be derived from these crops (not applicable to Organic SpaghettiOs).  These include:

Canola

- vegetable oil. This can be made from corn, canola, soybean, and/or cottonseed.

Corn

- high fructose corn syrup

Sugar beet

- citric acid

Non-GMO Ingredients

All other ingredients including tomatoes and wheat are not genetically modified.

PACKAGING

Steel cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable forms of packaging. The steel cans we use are recyclable and contain up to 35% recycled steel.

Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the metal. This keeps the food safe and preserves its nutritional value. The lining we use is made of acrylic or polyester materials and does not contain BPA.

OUR PACKAGING AND BPA

We understand that some people would prefer to avoid bisphenol A (BPA), although FDA has determined that it’s safe to use in food packaging. Historically, BPA has been used in food packaging to line metal cans and to preserve the food’s taste and its nutritional value.

PET bottles, pouches, and cartons such as those used for V8® beverages, Swanson® broths and Campbell’s sauces are (and have always been) non-BPA packaging.

Campbell has transitioned to the non-BPA lining in all of our aluminum and steel cans in the United States and Canada.

The containers of a few other products have metal components that have limited food contact points but are key to ensuring that the lids remain tight. BPA is used as a coating on that metal but in small amounts and we continue to work on packaging alternatives.

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Meet The-O

SpaghettiOs pasta are so famous, they have their own mascot, The-O. He was born in 1992 and his favorite color is orange.

SpaghettiOs were invented in 1965 by a man named Donald Goerke who was challenged to come up with a pasta dish that kids could eat easily with a spoon. He tried all sorts of shapes before deciding on the O and so became the DaddyO of SpaghettiOs.

The popular jingle, Uh Oh, SpaghettiOs!  was sung in commercials by rocker Jimmie Rodgers, whose 1950s hit Oh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again inspired the song.