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Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

I have been making spaghetti and meatballs in the slow cooker for years, but with mixed results.  It wasn't consistent enough to put it on the blog until now when I learned the tricks for making this dish successful time after time.  Here is how to make slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs!


Slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs inside the pot.


You might want me to tell you the secret to making slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs right away. I can understand that. However, it was years of practice and a lot of research to learn that the secret is...


...not so fast, you people! 


Let's talk about something else.  Meatballs.  Meatballs are not a standard size, so you will have to determine the size of the meatball to be sure that you have a large enough slow cooker to use them all.  For some brands, I can use 20 meatballs and others 40.  If you use homemade meatballs, that could be like 3 or 4 depending on the size!  Whatever the case, be sure to use frozen meatballs, even if they are homemade.


So about the sauce.  Use a good one.  You will want to use a sauce that is a bit thicker since we add water to the slow cooker to help cook the noodles.  Speaking of noodles, some recipes suggest you break up your spaghetti, but I don't.  Sometimes they break when I push them (gently) under the sauce, but I don't snap them into thirds.  I like my spaghetti noodles to be long.






Ok, you've waited long enough for the secret.  It is all about the l a y e r i n g.  Read the recipe to see how you should layer the ingredients in the slow cooker.


Check out all the slow cooker recipes below. I am so excited to give these a try.  Oh, and come back on Wednesday to learn the secrets of cooking salmon in a slow cooker.  It's riveting.





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  1. I'm intrigued by the pasta recipes being shared today. Thanks Terri.

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  2. Another winner-winner, spaghetti and meatballs (all in one pot) for dinner! So many great tips Terri, thank you!

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  3. I've never made spaghetti in the slow cooker. The sauce and meatballs, yes but never added the noodles. How easy is this! What brand of sauce do you recommend?

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    1. We love the brand at Aldi's. When we splurge, we use a sauce from The Hill in Saint Louis, close to where we live. It is an Italian area of the city.

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  4. I haven't ever tried this in the slow cooker. I need to! I am sure we'd enjoy it since we're big on pasta.

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  5. Joline9:59 AM

    We're always making spaghetti and meatballs! It's a favourite in our house. Haven't tried in a slow cooker yet though. Next time we will!

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  6. We loved this and I esp love how easy it is in the slowcooker

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  7. Well isn't that easy! Love this!

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  8. I hardly use my slow cooker so thanks for the great recipes, I am now inspired to use it more!

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  9. I love how easy this is to make> I will be trying this recipe.

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  10. Thank you for the great recipes, I am now motivated to use my slow cooker!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your secret trick! I'll be making this recipe often :)

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  12. I love how easy this recipe is to make, looking forward making this for my family.

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  13. I love that the pasta cooks right in the sauce! This looks so yummy!

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  14. I would love to make this for a date night with my boyfriend. it goes well with red wine

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  15. I love making spaghetti and meatballs but its my first time to so it in a slow cooker. I am so excited to make this

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  16. Wow I had no idea you could make slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs! I use my slow cooker a lot so I'll have to try this.

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  17. What an easy way to make spaghetti! Looks so good!

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  18. This looks amazing. Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my favorites. I'll have to try this out. I love using the slow cooker.

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  19. Richelle Milar9:19 AM

    Wow! That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this recipe!

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  20. I had no idea you could make spaghetti and meatballs in a slow cooker like this. it looks amazing. I want a bowl right now.

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  21. This is one of our favorite meals and it's even more delicious in the slow cooker. I'll be adding this to my rotation from now on and I can't wait :) Thank you!

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  22. I should make this next time we have guests. What a great comfort meal and so convenient as well.

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  23. I haven't tried using my slow cooker in preparing spaghetti. I must try this. Yum! -LYNNDEE

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  24. This slow cooker Spaghetti and meatballs looks delicious. I would love to try it.

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  25. This is the most comforting meal the whole family would agree! Delicious slow cooker recipe!

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  26. Anonymous2:54 PM

    This looks so mouth-watering! 😍 I don't have a slow cooker now, but will try your recipe someday for sure! :)

    Everything Enchanting ❤️

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  27. These meetballas are looking so delicious

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