This wonderful and super easy main dish tastes like Spaghetti-Os. If your kids like canned pasta, they will LOVE this entree. To get this result, put the pasta in when you start cooking.
You can vary the amount of pasta or meatballs according to your taste. Just make sure that the pasta is submerged in the liquid before you start the crockpot. You can also add more ingredients; some chopped onion or garlic if your family likes it, or some shredded carrots would add flavor and nutrition. You could add some chicken or beef broth in place of the water for a more flavorful dish.
Or, if really soft pasta isn't to your taste, I found a solution. I recently started adding the pasta at the end of cooking time and to my delight, it cooked perfectly and came out al dente. For a slightly more complicated recipe, see All in the Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Top the cooked pasta and meatballs with some grated Parmesan cheese. For a complete meal, all you need is some toasted garlic bread and a green salad tossed with mushrooms and avocados. For dessert, some chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, or brownies would be the perfect finishing touch.
- 2 handfuls spaghetti pasta (about 8 ounces), broken into pieces
- 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 (20 to 22 ounce) package frozen completely cooked meatballs
- 2 cups water
Combine the spaghetti pasta, spaghetti sauce, frozen meatballs, and water in a 4 quart slow cooker and mix to combine. Make sure that the pasta is submerged in the liquid in the crockpot.
Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours or until pasta is tender and meatballs are thoroughly heated to 160°F as measured with a meat thermometer, stirring once with a large spoon during the cooking time.
This method will make the pasta quite soft, like Spaghetti-Os.
OR, you can cook the sauce, meatballs, and water for 5 to 7 hours on low until the meatballs are 160°F, then stir in the pasta. Try to make sure that the pasta is completely immersed in the sauce. Turn the crockpot to high. Cover and cook the pasta on high for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once, until the pasta is tender. This will make pasta that is more al dente.
PLEASE read the directions. If you add the pasta at the beginning or let it cook for a couple of hours, it will be very soft. For al dente pasta, add it during the last 20 to 25 minutes.