Crockpot spaghetti and meatballs is a game changer! NO need to boil noodles when making this pasta dinner in your slow cooker. Homemade comfort food.
It may seem too obvious, but maybe you didn’t know you could put uncooked beef and noodles in your slow cooker and have it come out perfect!
If you too love slow cooker recipes of all kinds, you’re going to go crazy over this one. First let’s go over a few resources:
Can you cook noodles in a crockpot?
- You don’t even need to precook or boil them
- Just throw them right in, submerge in your liquid, close the lid and walk away y’all!
You can do this to make our Instant Pot spaghetti recipe too.
Crockpot spaghetti and meatballs
Yep, you need what you’d normally bring out for this old fashioned Italian meal. BUT you don’t need a pot full of water this time!
Slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs
- Spaghetti noodles
- Large jar of spaghetti sauce
- Beef broth
- Ground beef for meatballs – these are optional, could use premade frozen meatballs, make these basic meatballs or add porcupine meatballs Instant Pot style at the end.
- bread crumbs
- garlic powder
- garlic salt
- Italian seasoning
- Mozzarella and parmesan cheese – also optional but why wouldn’t you add cheese to everything??!!
Yes you could half this if you have a smaller family or crowd.
This uses an entire package of noodles so if you typically cook 1/2 then just cut this entire slow cooker spaghetti recipe in half.
You don’t have to precook the meatballs either!! Total time saver right??
- We love meals like this crockpot lasagna casserole but these do require that the ground beef is cooked beforehand. Not a huge deal, takes maybe 10 minutes, but if you’re in a rush this crockpot spaghetti recipe is so quick.
Of course you can opt to go meatless and make this a vegetarian spaghetti using vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef. Totally up to you but we are all about the beef included within this baby.
Use your own favorite meatloaf recipe and just roll it into balls really. If you need to follow a recipe though we tell you how we make these below in the printable recipe card.
Once that has cooked and simmered all day long you just pop in your noodles at the end and let those get tender.
You don’t always have to use traditional long spaghetti noodles to make this crock pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe either though. If you love small farfalle then use those.
Tip: In order for your noodles to cook perfectly tender you’ll want to gently submerge them into the sauce below.
Don’t push it all the way down to the bottom past the meatballs, just under the surface is fine.
- I also usually break the long spaghetti noodles in half or even into thirds. Sprinkle them in instead of throwing them in in one big clump. If you do the latter they will likely cook but stick together in one big clump.
Adjust time if you want them al dente but cooking time below is for the perfect tenderness really.
Can I keep spaghetti warm in a crockpot?
If you are serving this for brunch where people will be eating at different times throughout a lengthy period of time you could keep this on warm. Just make as directed below, stir, and select keep warm setting on your crock.
- I would suggest that you stir it at least every hour so the noodles stay moist with the sauce in your pot.
- Of course it is ideal to serve it fresh right after it’s done but this is another option for a potluck occasion too.
Looking for other easy crockpot recipes?
Try these when you’re making your slow cook menu for the week! You can even just make slow cooker spaghetti sauce and forget the noodles.
Just cover and cook on high all day and it will be ready when your family is home together. 😉
- Crockpot baked potatoes are another favorite meal stuffed with 5 ingredient crockpot chili.
- A crockpot pizza is a fun dinner idea.
- as well as our slow cooker pizza casserole
- Slow cooker stuffed shells are awesome.
- This easy crockpot lasagna recipe requires NO boiling ahead of time either. Total game changer for lasagna lovers.
- we have this pressure cooker lasagna casserole too if you need dinner done in 30 minutes or less
Printable recipe for sauce and meatballs below as well as nutritional information calculated by the card itself.
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Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Pour one jar of spaghetti sauce into your crockpot.
- Combine ingredients for meatballs (ground beef, egg, Italian bread crumbs, garlic salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning) in a bowl well. Form balls that are about 1.5" in size.
- Place formed meatballs in crockpot on top of sauce in one layer. Sprinkle 2 c of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of those, then pour second jar of spaghetti sauce on top of your cheese.
- Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours (I prefer low and slow)
- During the final hour of cooking add chicken broth and uncooked spaghetti noodles. Best way to do this is pour broth in, break noodles into thirds and gently submerge them on the top into the liquid.
- Top with remaining cheese, put lid back on and during that last hour the noodles the noodles will become tender.
- Garnish with parsley and serve!