Her Pinspiration: Octopus Spaghetti-n-Cheese

Written by Jen Sill

Written by Jennifer Sill

This week’s ‘Pinspiaration’ is a meal and an ‘art project’.  Mac-n-Cheese Octopus.  Some adults may think the name and/or pictures sound/look kind of gross.  But my kiddos LOVED making and eating them!




-1/2 a box of Spaghetti – split in half
-4 Hot Dogs – cut in chunks
-Velveeta – 1/8 of a big log of it
-2 Tablespoons butter (we used I can’t Believe It’s Not)


-Boil the Water. 
-While Mom is boiling the water, have the kiddos stick spaghetti through the hot dog chunks.
-Add hot dog chunks w/spaghetti and extra speghetti to the boiling water
-Boil for 8 minutes (or until pasta is al-dente)
-Drain water from pasta
-Add Velveeta and butter and stir
-Serve immediately

Here’s some pics of our fun:


Everything in the boiling waterStrain. Put back in bowl. Add cheese and butter. Then Stir.Serve right away. Even my 15-month old LOVED it! (I did not place that spaghetti on his head.)


Serve right away. Even my 15-month old LOVED it! (I did not place that spaghetti on his head.)

My Pinspiration (and a couple other cute hot dog ideas):

Source: Indulgy

Source: Tip Junkie

Source: Not found on Pinterest.  Took me to a virus page.  I reported.  🙂  Still a fun idea!


About the author

Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She’s helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest.
Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.


    • I know! That’s what most of the comments on Pinterest said, Leslie! “Ew.” But it was pretty fun. Madison had no problem doing it all by herself. It was pretty fun. And of course it tasted great. Who doesn’t like Velveeta mac-n-cheese? (Maybe my boot camp instructor. Ha! )

  • My mom made the hot dog spaghetti thing for my daughter (my son won’t eat hotdogs). She just did the hotdogs with spaghetti in it and no extra noodles or cheese. My daughter loves to dip them in ketchup. That way you can cut up 1 hotdog (or more if you have more than 1 kid eating them) add spagetti for a quick kid lunch. My daughter LOVES it! I have yet to make them at my house because they looked so gross, but they seem to be a hit with kids. I’ll have to try it with cheese!