Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

This easy sauce cooks all day while you’re away. At dinnertime, all you’ll need to do is cook the pasta.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 8 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1½ packages (1 lb.) Italian-style frozen meatballs
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 jar (26 oz.) pasta sauce
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (16 oz.) spaghetti
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place meatballs, onion, garlic, carrot, basil, and crushed red pepper in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover with pasta sauce and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours until sauce is bubbling and meatballs are thawed and hot.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and serve with spaghetti sauce and meatballs; top with Parmesan cheese.