Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Family Fresh Meals Recipe

Here’s how to make spaghetti and meatballs in the slow cooker!

Isn’t it funny how, with so many different ways to serve pasta, we keep coming back to spaghetti and meatballs?

Maybe it’s partly nostalgia. We loved this dish as kids, so we still love it today, even though our tastes are wider now. Or maybe it’s because we know it’s something the whole family will eat. Or maybe it’s just that, simple as this meal is, it’s also really tasty.

Whatever the reason, spaghetti and meatballs is a classic we serve over and over. So it’s nice to know an easy way to make it. And this version – Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs – is so easy it practically cooks itself.

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Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe served in a white bowl with a side salad

All the ingredients are ready-made: frozen meatballs, dry spaghetti, canned tomatoes, canned beef broth, and sauce from a jar. And all you have to do with them is load them into the crock, give it a stir, and cook for two hours on high or 3-4 on low (Don’t let it go longer, or it gets mushy.)

If you don’t have two hours before dinnertime, that’s okay too. Just start the meatballs in the morning, add the noodles when you get home, and give it half an hour. Either way, it’s just about the easiest meal your family will ever gobble up.

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Ingredients dry spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, broth, tomatoes and frozen meatballs

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray to make clean-up easy. Place meatballs in the bottom of your slow cooker and pour beef broth over the top of meatballs.Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Frozen Meatballs placed in slow cooker
  2. Place spaghetti on top of meatballs, break pasta is necessary. Make sure to criss cross the pasta so it doesn’t all clump together.Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Uncooked spaghetti noodles place on top of meatballs in crockpot
  3. Pour diced tomatoes and pasta sauce on top of spaghetti. Stir if needed to make sure the pasta is completely covered.Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Diced tomatoes poured on top of noodles
  4. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours. Stir the pasta and meatballs together and let sit for 5 minutes while the extra liquid is absorbed.Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Served in a white bowl and topped with parmesan cheese
  5. Serve garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan.Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs served in a white bowl

**If you let the dish cook longer than the recommended time the noodles will get very soft.

***If you won’t be home to eat the dish right away you can skip adding the noodles until about 30 minutes before you are ready to eat.

**** My one daughter loves her spaghetti extra saucy, so I make sure to have extra sauce on hand to add to hers. So if you love a super saucy spaghetti, grab another sauce to have on hand.

5 from 3 votes

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic we serve over and over And this version – Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs – is so easy it practically cooks itself.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 20 oz package frozen meatballs
  • 28 oz jar of your favorite sauce
  • 1 can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz dry spaghetti

Instructions

  • Spray slow cooker with cooking spray to make clean-up easy
  • Place meatballs in the bottom of your slow cooker and pour beef broth over the top of meatballs.
  • Place spaghetti on top of meatballs, break pasta is necessary. Make sure to criss cross the pasta so it doesn’t all clump together
  • Pour diced tomatoes and pasta sauce on top of spaghetti. Stir if needed to make sure the pasta is completely covered.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours. Stir the pasta and meatballs together and let sit for 5 minutes while the extra liquid is absorbed.
  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan.

Notes

**If you let the dish cook longer than the recommended time the noodles will get very soft.
***If you won’t be home to eat the dish right away you can skip adding the noodles until about 30 minutes before you are ready to eat.
**** My one daughter loves her spaghetti extra saucy, so I make sure to have extra sauce on hand to add to hers. So if you love a super saucy spaghetti, grab another sauce to have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

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13 Comments

  1. ??–my boys hate tomato’s but love spaghetti. Do you think you could use crushed tomato’s instead? It would probably work out the same don’t you think? This would be awesome on practice nights!

    1. Sure! I would maybe throw is some seasoning with the crushed tomatoes. Minced garlic, and maybe some dried basil and parsly?

  2. Fallon Sauberan says:

    Do you cover it with the lid and cook for 2 hours or no lid?

  3. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and my whole family loved it including my 5 year old and 10 month old. Definitely going to be a regular meal on rotation in our family!

  4. pat farrell says:

    can I freze this recipe

  5. What if you are using fresh uncooked meatballs? How will the cooking time change?

    1. I have only made and tested the recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure.

    2. Gayle campbell says:

      This was better than expected!
      I usually make your Instant Pot version of this but tried the slow cooker recipe and we all loved it! Will definitely make this again. Did the high version for about 2 hours and absolutely delicious with a salad & some garlic naan bread! 😋😋

  6. Do you have to use frozen meatballs? Or Can make
    Fresh meatballs?
    Thank you so much

  7. At top of recipe you say cook time is 3 hours. Yet in your instructions you say cook 2 hours. I’m confused???

    1. Hi Marion. It is 2 hours on HIGH or 3-4 on LOW. I hope that helps 🙂

  8. Melanie Gordon says:

    Made recipe. My boyfriend loved it. Can it be made without meatballs? Thank you.