This Crock Pot Spaghetti and meatballs with tender homemade Italian seasoned meatballs, simple homemade sauce, and pasta cooked right in the slow cooker is the easiest way to cook this family favorite meal.!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs, Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs, Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 8hours
Total Time 8hours30minutes
For the Meatballs
1poundlean ground beef
½poundground Italian sausage(hot or mild depending on your taste)
½small sweet onionfinely chopped
3tablespoonschopped fresh parsley
For the Sauce
2canscrushed tomatoes(28 ounces each)
1candiced tomatoesundrained (15 ounces)
½small sweet onionchopped
1tablespoonfresh chopped basil
8ouncesuncooked spaghettinoodles broken in half length-wise
Fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan for garnish
Combine all meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix together using clean hands until all ingredients are incorporated.
Roll meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs directly into the base of your slow cooker. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, add all sauce ingredients, except spaghetti. Stir to combine.
Pour sauce over meatballs.
Cover and cook on Low for 7-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.
For the last 30 minutes before serving, add spaghetti and stir in. Cook for the remaining 30-40 minutes until pasta is tender.
Serve immediately topped with fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan.
This recipe makes about 24 meatballs.
For easier meatball molding, wet your hands while rolling into balls. This will prevent the meat mixture from sticking to them.
Don't cook the pasta longer than 40 minutes or it will end up too sticky.
If you want your spaghetti a little more saucy, you can add a little store bought sauce at the end.
Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezer Directions: Prepare and cook meatballs in sauce. Allow to cool. Place in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. In a large pot, bring sauce to a low boil. Add spaghetti and cook until tender.