Easy Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs Crockpot Recipe

Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker! Childhood food that even adults will love!

Easy, Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker. This crockpot recipe is delicious enough for kids AND adults!

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Sometimes I just need comfort food in my life. You know what I’m talking about.

For me, comfort food is that which reminds me of home. Whether it be my childhood, my children, family, friends. Life’s moments in our family are often shared around food.

Yet, as I’ve gotten older, and my palate has expanded, a can of spaghettios and meatballs just doesn’t taste good to me anymore.

I’m not sure that I ever LOVED it, but I definitely spent many meals eating it.

My mom would buy cases of them from Aldi or the grocery store, and we kids would eat them for lunches, snacks, dinner.

I know I would take some to college with me too (easy to make in the microwave for a quick, filling meal).

How to make Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs

Easy, Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker. This crockpot recipe is delicious enough for kids AND adults!

Today, I’ve got a homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs recipe that even adults will enjoy!

I used some cooked turkey meatballs (just to lighten things up a bit), and I let them simmer in the crockpot with a homemade sauce.

If you prefer, use the frozen meatballs from the grocery store. You don’t even need to thaw them!

Cook for about 5-6 hours on low. About a half hour before dinner, I tossed in the ditalini noodles. Not only did they cook perfectly, but they absorbed much of the extra liquid in the slow cooker!

While the noodles were simmering away, I whipped up a quick batch of Pillsbury breadsticks. I always melt a little butter and add some garlic salt to it. Then brush it on the warm breadsticks and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese!

I love making meals like this near the end of the week. That way my kids can re-heat this over the weekend for snacking and lunches! Happy Eating!

Easy, Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker. This crockpot recipe is delicious enough for kids AND adults!

What to serve with Spaghetti and Meatballs

Looking for the perfect side dish for your meatball subs?

This simple Italian Salad with homemade Italian Dressing is our favorite weeknight side dish. It’s the perfect green salad.

Treat your dinner guests or potluck friends and family to an Easy Taffy Apple Salad recipe. Made with apples, pineapple, whipped cream, peanuts & more. 

Looking for a fresh bowl of homemade applesauce for dinner tonight? This Instant Pot Applesauce recipe is super quick and easy!

More Comfort Food recipes:


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Italian Chicken Pasta: creamy noodles with chicken, spinach and sun dried tomatoes!

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Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs

Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker! Childhood food that even adults will love!


  • 40 cooked meatballs
  • 2 can (15oz each) tomato sauce
  • 32oz beef broth
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 8oz ditalini noodles, dry


  1. In a large slow cooker, add frozen (or fresh) cooked meatballs. Top with sauce, broth, oregano, garlic, basil and salt. Simmer on low, covered, for 5-6 hours.
  2. Half hour before serving, add the noodles. Stir into the sauce, cover, and let cook.
  3. Serve dinner with breadsticks and salad! ENJOY

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 685Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 3250mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 8gSugar: 13gProtein: 34g

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Easy, Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker. This crockpot recipe is delicious enough for kids AND adults!

Recipe originally published April 8, 2015

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Posted on May 13, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. Are you sure on the sodium level, it seems awfully high. Over one days worth of sodium. Also I use to buy the Chef Boy R Dee Spagetti O’s with mini meatballs in the 2010’s at Walmart. I loved it because it didn’t bloat me like other products with allum’s (garlic, onions, etc) That is why I don’t understand these copy cat recipes all have garlic powder in them.

  2. Everything was great – added meatballs frozen and pasta dry.. and voila. I might do two things differently next time though – slightly less salt (maybe just the garlic salt and no kosher salt on top) and slightly less oregano.

  3. This is fabulous. One of my daughters favorite meals and she keeps asking me to make it over and over again. 

  4. Sorry, I’m really confused now by the comment from Chelle and your reply. I thought the recipe was written to add the pasta dry, but your comment that it is a great tip has me wondering. Am I supposed to cook the noodles before hand? That seems to defeat the purpose of using the crockpot. Please help I was planning to make this tonight.

  5. I just made this last week and it was delicious. I actually found 15 oz cans of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano (instead of just plain tomato sauce) then didn’t have to add additional spices as the recipe calls for. I used a whole bag of frozen meatballs and everything turned out delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. If you add another 15 oz of beef broth and a can of tomato sauce, you can add the uncooked pasta in the slow cooker. Saves the time of having to cook the pasta separately.

  7. Will be making this tomorrow!  FYI…I found little round ‘o’ pasta online from Walmart,  Creamette is the brand name.  Can’t wait, hoping the g-kids love it!!!!

  8. You didn’t specify wether it’s tomatoe sauce goya brand type or spaghetti tomato sauce. I️ just put spaghetti sauce in it and now it probably won’t turn out right ! I was hoping for a good dinner but from the looks of the instructions not being specified about “tomatoe sauce” it won’t turn out. 

  9. I’m a little confused, did you cook your homemade meatballs first, then put them in the crock pot or just put them straight into the crockpot to cook?

  10. When you say 2 cans of tomato sauce, is it plain with no seasoning? And not a jar? Do you have a specific one you like?

    1. It is plain sauce. I am all over the place with what I purchase, but I usually look for a low sodium, or organic option!

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