Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

I’m staying positive and can start to see signs of spring. There’s no more snow on the ground so that’s one thing. And even though we’re not in super cold temps anymore, my slow cooker is still holding real estate on my kitchen counter. Why? It’s a time saver!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

Who else is still using your slow cooker?! Even those these appliances aren’t really used year round, they should be. I love the recipes where you can literally dump and go. And that’s what you are doing here with this recipe!

I mean, just look at these meatballs!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

And I’m ok with turning on your slow cooker and leaving the house. If your slow cooker is old and on the fritz, I obviously would not recommend it, but if your slow cooker is in prime working condition, you are fine. When I worked full-time at an ad agency, I would leave my slow cooker on low all day while I was gone and it was fine!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

For this recipe and any recipe using canned diced tomatoes, I highly recommend trying fire roasted diced tomatoes. These are a game changer as far as flavor is concerned. Just try them!

FOR THE PASTA

And I didn’t throw my pasta into the slow cooker. There are some recipes online that do this. I figure you can come home from work, and cook pasta on the stove, right before you’re sitting down to dinner. I’m big on al dente and the perfect tasting noodles so I just cooked them on the stove. If you do try throwing them into your slow cooker at the end, let me know how it goes!

I hope you guys try this recipe! My husband and I were amazed that these meatballs and the sauce were cooked in the slow cooker! This is definitely going to be a family favorite!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I did not cook my pasta in the slow cooker. Cook your pasta separately on the stove. *Recipe makes about 31-32 meatballs so freeze any leftovers or bake the remaining at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes (or until cooked through) and make meatball subs for another night!

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Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Italian

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

For the marinara sauce:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can chunky tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the meatballs:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more when serving
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the spaghetti and meatballs:

  • 1 lb. cooked spaghetti noodles
  • fresh parsley, finely diced for garnish

Instructions

For the marinara sauce:

  1. Into the bowl of a large sized slow cooker, add the chopped onion, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, chunky tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, minced garlic and salt. Stir well to combine.

For the meatballs:

  1. In a separate large mixing bowl, add all of the meatball ingredients. Using either your hands or a rubber spatula, mix the raw meatball mixture until thoroughly combined.
  2. Form into meatballs; I recommend using a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to scoop out the meatball mixture. This also helps to ensure that all of your meatballs are roughly the same size. The mixture will make roughly about 30+ meatballs. I placed 20 into the slow cooker and saved the rest.*
  3. Position the meatballs into the marinara sauce and make sure each meatball is covered and submerged into the sauce.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook until the meatballs are cooked through: about 4 hours on a HIGH setting or 8 hours on a LOW setting.

When ready to serve:

  1. Place cooked spaghetti pasta into dish or bowl, top with some marinara sauce and meatballs and sprinkle with diced parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy immediately!

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Recipe adapted from here

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs! The easiest way to make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs: in your slow cooker! And these meatballs are so flavorful and delicious! Hope you try the recipe!

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