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Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!

This slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs dish is perfect for this extra busy time of year! The bonus is the meatball sandwiches for the following day’s lunch! Two meals in one!

Here’s the recipe that is slightly adapted from this month’s Taste of Home issue!

You’ll Need:

This makes 12 servings – about 24 meatballs!

Meatballs

  • 1 cup of Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. of shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs that are lightly beaten
  • 2 pounds of ground beef, or ground turkey

Sauce:

  • 1 large sweet onion – chopped
  • 3 cans of tomato sauce (15 oz. each)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (14&1/2 oz. each)
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. each of dried basil, and parley flakes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes

*Warning – don’t substitute cayenne pepper for red pepper flakes. It’s far too spicy. Trust me on that! 🙂

Now:

  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!
  • In a large bowl mix the first 7 ingredients together
  • Roll the meat mixture into 1&1/2 inch balls
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!
  • Using a large skillet, brown the meatballs in a little bit of olive oil – drain
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!
  • Get out your slow cooker, and add the onions tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices
  • Stir well
  • Add the meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!
  • Set low and cook – covered – for about 5 or 6 hours
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs! Perfect for busy nights and leftover Meatball Sandwiches!
  • Remove the bay leaves before serving over cooked spaghetti noodles

Find this original recipe and more at more at Taste of Home

~ Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

 

 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs
Serves 12
Delicious and Easy! Perfect for the holidays
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Meatballs
  1. 1 cup of Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  2. 2 Tbsp. of shredded Parmesan Cheese
  3. 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 2 eggs that are lightly beaten
  6. 2 pounds of ground beef, or ground turkey
Sauce
  1. 1 large sweet onion – chopped
  2. 3 cans of tomato sauce (15 oz. each)
  3. 2 cans of diced tomatoes (14&1/2 oz. each)
  4. 1 can of tomato paste
  5. 6 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
  6. 2-4 bay leaves
  7. 1 tsp. each of dried basil, and parley flakes
  8. 1 tsp. salt
  9. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  10. 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the first 7 ingredients together
  2. Roll the meat mixture into 1&1/2 inch balls
  3. Using a large skillet, brown the meatballs in a little bit of olive oil – drain
  4. Get out your slow cooker, and add the onions tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices
  5. Stir well Add the meatballs
  6. Set low and cook – covered – for about 5 or 6 hours
  7. Remove the bay leaves before serving over cooked spaghetti noodles
Notes
  1. *Warning - Don't substitute red (cayenne) pepper for crushed red pepper
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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