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Chef Boyardee is a brand of canned pasta products sold internationally by Conagra Brands. The company was founded by Italian immigrant Hector Boiardi in Milton, Pennsylvania, U.S., in 1938.[1][2]

Chef Boyardee
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Product typeCanned pasta products
OwnerConagra Brands


The Chef Boyardee factory in Milton, Pennsylvania, as seen from across the West Branch Susquehanna River at Central Oak Heights.

After leaving his position as head chef at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Boiardi opened a restaurant called Il Giardino d'Italia in 1924[3] at East 9th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.[4] The idea for Chef Boyardee came about when restaurant customers began asking Boiardi for his spaghetti sauce, which he began to distribute in milk bottles.[3] Four years later, in 1928, Boiardi opened a factory and moved production to Milton, Pennsylvania, where he could grow his own tomatoes and mushrooms.[2] He decided to name his product "Boy-Ar-Dee" to help Americans pronounce his name correctly.[3]

Two Chef Boyardee Mini Bites canned pasta products

The U.S. military commissioned the company during World War II for the production of army rations, requiring the factory to run 24 hours a day.[2] After the war, instead of reducing production, the company was sold to American Home Products in 1946 so that everyone working there would be able to keep their jobs.[2] American Home Products turned its food division into International Home Foods in 1996. Four years later, International Home Foods was purchased by ConAgra Foods, which continues to produce Chef Boyardee canned pastas bearing Boiardi's likeness.[5]

Products (canned or microwaveable)Edit

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs (Jumbo, Mini, or Regular)[6]
  • Beefaroni-traditional Italian dish (Big, Regular, Whole Grain)[7]
  • Ravioli (Beef, Mini Beef, Over-Stuffed Beef, Cheese, Chicken, Over-stuffed sausage, Cheesy Burger; discontinued)[7]
  • Tortellini (Cheese in tomato sauce, Meat in tomato and meat sauce; discontinued,) [8]
  • Chicken Alfredo [9]
  • Lasagna (Regular or Whole Grain)[10]
  • "Throwback" recipe, Beef Ravioli, Beefaroni, Lasagna
  • Rice with Chicken and Vegetables
  • Mini (ABCs & 123s, dinosaurs, ravioli, or spaghetti & meatballs)[7]
  • Mini Pasta Shells and Meatballs[11]
  • Macaroni (Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Chili Mac, Mac & Cheese, Pizza Twist, Kickin' Sloppy Joe, or Cheeseburger Maxx)[12]
  • Pizza Sauce [13]
  • Pizza Maker (Cheese or Pepperoni)[14]
  • Spaghetti Sauce [15]


  1. ^ "Quick Meals for Dinner with Chef's Canned Foods". ConAgra Foods, Inc. (Chef Boyardee). Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "real". Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Abraham, Lisa (29 November 2011). "Your favorite food icons: Fact or fiction?". The Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Giardino". Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  5. ^ "history". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. ^ Hegarty, V. (1995). Nutrition, Food, and the Environment. Egan Press handbook series. Eagan Press. ISBN 978-0-9624407-4-8. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Pope, J.; Katahn, M. (2005). The Low-Fat Supermarket Shopper's Guide. W. W. Norton, Incorporated. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-393-32585-0. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chef Boyardee- Tortellini". Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Calories in Chef Boyardee Chicken Alfredo Pasta In Alfredo Sauce - Calories and Nutrition Facts". January 20, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Lluch, A.A. (2008). The Complete Calorie Fat & Carb Counter. WS Publishing. p. 471. ISBN 978-1-934386-34-7. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Recall: Spaghetti and meatballs from Chef Boyardee, other brands". KSWO. June 11, 2017. Archived from the original on December 29, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Calories in Chef Boyardee Macaroni And Cheese - Calories and Nutrition Facts". January 20, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Calories in Chef Boyardee Pizza Sauce - Calories and Nutrition Facts". January 20, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Calories in Chef Boyardee Pizza Maker Cheese - Calories and Nutrition Facts". January 20, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  15. ^ Klein, Christopher (August 27, 2015). "The Surprising History of the Real Chef Boy-Ar-Dee". Retrieved December 29, 2017.

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