Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs
Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs made in the slow cooker! Childhood food that even adults will love!
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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).
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, 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!
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Homemade Spaghettios and Meatballs
Yield: 6 servings
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:6 hours
- 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
- In a large slow cooker, add frozen (or fresh) meatballs. Top with sauce, broth, oregano, garlic, basil and salt. Simmer on low, covered, for 5-6 hours.
- Half hour before serving, add the noodles. Stir into the sauce, cover, and let cook. Serve dinner with breadsticks and salad! ENJOY
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Chicken Kisses: my daughter’s most requested dinner!
Italian Chicken Pasta: creamy noodles with chicken, spinach and sun dried tomatoes!
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- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham from Love Grows Wild
- Spanish Chicken and Rice from Spoonful of Flavor
- Southwest Skillet Mac from Wine and Glue
- Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake from Inside BruCrew Life
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