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.

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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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Comments & Reviews

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!!

  7. 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. 

  8. 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?

    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!

  9. Made this tonight.  During the process, I thought, “Too many meatballs!  Too much sauce!  Not enough pasta!”  But I was totally wrong.  Exactly the right amount of everything.  This was SO good and SO easy.  Thanks for a terrific recipe!  

  10. I too am all about making ahead and freezing.  Your meatball recipe will be very versatile will other recipes.   I have a cookie scoop which should simply the making of the meatballs.   

    1. Hi Jay, here is my favorite meatball recipe. You can use ground beef or ground turkey, and it conveniently makes 40 meatballs 🙂 https://www.shugarysweets.com/meatball-parmesan-casserole

  11. This was very good. Will absolutely make this again. I will lower the Oregano to 1 tsp. Other then that the flavor was perfect. This made with the meatball recipe posted above made for a very happy family tonight. Thank you for sharing. 

  12. I need to make this! When I was a kid, spaghettios were my favorite. I haven’t eaten them in so long!

  13. I adore homemade meatballs! This looks so good, honestly, its making me so hungry even though I just ate lunch. Delish!

  14. I used to eat spaghettios all the time too. I never liked it, but it was a simple and quick dinner for my busy working mom. I love that you made your own and then used your slow cooker. Man I need to use my slow cooker more. I am so making this for the kiddos asap. Love those big meatballs and the fact they are turkey makes me one happy mama. Pinned!!

  15. This looks AWESOME. I totally loved Chef Boyardee as a kid and hey, even still as an adult 🙂 But homemade is always better and this looks AMAZING! Love that you used turkey meatballs, too. I’m now craving this!

  16. Oh my gosh what a good idea! I know my daughter would love spaghettios but I have never given them to her because I don’t want her to have that much salt. This is perfect! What a fun recipe!

  17. This brings me back to middle school… I used to eat Spaghettios and meatballs for my school lunches. All my friends got jealous because I was the one with the “cool” lunch. I love that you recreated this!

  18. I hardly eat food out of cans any more because of preservatives but spaghettios where one of my childhood favs! This looks like a great copycat!

    Pinned. Have a great Wednesday!

  19. This is an awesome meal idea!!! My kids are going to go crazy for it…and I love how easy it is to make!!! We used to buy those canned spaghettios all the time too, and I never was crazy about the taste!

  20. Meatballs are a comfort food for me too! I always make extra to freeze so I can pull out as needed. Great recipe Aimee, as always!

  21. I never really liked Spaghettios from a can, but these homemade ones look absolutely incredible!! Especially with the addition of meatballs. Grownup comfort food 🙂

  22. Making this at the end of the week is SUCH a great idea! I never have anything for the hubs to take to work during the weekend…and that is my NO COOK time! Plus, you can never go wrong with a childhood classic. Pinned!

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