SpaghettiOs, created by UW-Madison graduate, turns 55
MADISON, Wis. — SpaghettiOs, the famous canned pasta marketed as the “neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon,” turns 55 this week.
The iconic comfort food was created by Waukesha County native and UW-Madison graduate Donald Goerke after he was asked to develop an easy-to-eat meal for children while he worked at the Campbell Soup Company.
Goerke chose a round pasta that would be easy to eat with a spoon and could withstand canning and reheating, according to a news release.
While SpaghettiOs are probably goerke’s most famous creation for Campbell, he also played a role in developing more than 100 other products, including Chunky, the company’s ready-to-eat soup.
Goerke died in 2010, but his legacy lives on with each of the 175 million cans of the famous food that is sold every year.
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