Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

My Mom calls this "the recipe on the door" because that's where she kept it. She said it came from a magazine in the 70s. My Fancy Franks turn out a little different each time because I like to try variations. It's a family favorite and a complete "kid" recipe (although I still love it). You may find you want to add a touch more tomato sauce. I also like to throw in a few fresh tomatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. In a separate pan, saute the onion, garlic, bell pepper and hot dogs in oil until onions are translucent.
  3. Add tomato sauce, spices, and pasta.
  4. Stir in cheddar and stir until melted.


Most Helpful

My daughter LOVED it!! (so did I). I used a couple extra hot dogs because I am greedy and subbed the chopped tomatoes for tomato sauce since thats what I had .My noodles were pasta shells. This will be made all the time from now on. Thanks for sharing AmyZoe!!!

Bay Laurel September 11, 2010

This was pretty tasty. I used frozen onions and frozen peppers, so it was a little wet, but I let it simmer on the stove while the pasta was cooking, and once I added the cheese, it tightened right up. In fact, I had to add a little of the pasta cooking water to loosen it back up again. Next time, I might fry or grill some Italian sausage and use that instead of the franks; the frankfurter flavor didn't quite mesh with the Italianate flavors of the rest of the sauce; I'll probably also use a more Italian cheese like mozzarella or fontina, and add some Parmigiano.

DrGaellon May 02, 2009

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