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Completely Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Spaghetti and meatballs in red sauce
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This wonderful and super easy main dish tastes like Spaghetti-Os. If your kids like canned pasta, they will LOVE this entree. 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. 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.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 handfuls spaghetti pasta, broken into pieces
  • 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 20 to 22 ounce package frozen completely cooked meatballs
  • 2 cups water


Combine all ingredients in 4 quart slow cooker and mix to combine. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 5-7 hours until pasta is tender and meatballs are thoroughly heated, stirring once during cooking time. This method will make the pasta quite soft, like Spaghetti-Os.

OR, you can cook the sauce, meatballs, and water for 5-7 hours on low until hot, 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 on high for 20-25 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 20-25 minutes.

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 2 out of 5
Haphazard At best, Guest FirstFerret1492

""two handfuls"" of pasta? Considering no two hand sizes are the same I knew this recipe was made up and slapdash. After a few trials and errors, I figured it out: Get 1lb ground beef, add Italian seasoning, form into 12 large meatballs. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour. Into a crockpot put 16 oz of mostaccioli (a full package), the meatballs, 2 jars pasta sauce, and 3 cups water. Cook on low for 3 hours. Top with cheese and serve. Those amounts are guaranteed to work, and the result is pasta cooked medium, not soggy and not al dente.

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