I know what you’re thinking.
This chick is crazy. FIVE HOURS IN THE KITCHEN?? I’m outta here!
If I were you I wouldn’t go just yet. Stick around and I’ll explain the deal.
This is spaghetti and meatballs in the slow-cooker. Ha! I know what you’re thinking again! Why the heck should I simmer S & M in the slow-cooker all day if I can just make a simple dinner with pre-prepared pasta sauce? Well if you’ll shut up for one second then I’ll tell ‘ya 😉
This is most definitely NOT your basic kind of S & M. I modified this recipe straight from Cooks Country. One of my all-time favorite cooking magazines that my awesome grandmother graciously gives me (Hi, Grandma!) The recipe for Slow-Cooker Meatballs and Marinara just jumped out at me. I spent a mere 15 MINUTES in the kitchen one morning preparing the sauce to simmer in the slow-cooker all day. The smells coming from the kitchen that day were unbelievable. When I took a bite 5 hours later I nearly died. It tastes EVEN BETTER than any famous Italian restaurants S & M.
As long as I’m the cook around here, you will NEVER AGAIN find me opening a jar of pre-made spaghetti sauce. Why the heck should I when I can prep this sauce in 15 minutes in the morning; do whatever I want during the day; and sit down to an authentic Italian spaghetti and meatballs in the evening?
The sauce uses a whopping 8 cloves of garlic and 1/2 cup red wine vinegar. Don’t worry if it doesn’t taste just right after you add these. The five hours in the slow-cooker allows all the flavors to meld together creating a fantastic flavor.
A little tip: Don’t sub tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes. The texture wouldn’t be the same. And use the exact amount of cheese called for in the meatballs–It helps hold the meatballs together and gives them a nice, mellow flavor.
Follow all the ingredients and instructions to the mark if you want your S & M to turn out as amazing as mine did.
Since it seems as if we’re going Italian for dinner tonight, you’re gonna want to whip up some Golden Garlic Herb Bread to serve on the side of your mouthwatering spaghetti.
Whip up a green salad with my homemade croutons and fresh veggies, and end this fabulous Monday with Flaky Pecan Snails.
Mmmm. I’m drooling all over the keyboard just typing this.
Enjoy your Monday!
Slow-Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 8 garlic cloves minced
- 1 can 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 16 oz fettucinee pasta prepared according to package instructions.
- 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
For the sauce
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil until shiny. Add onion, garlic, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes, and salt. Continue cooking until fragrant and golden, about 7 minutes.
2. Divide tomato-onion mixture in half, set one half aside in a small bowl. Add wine to remaining onion mixture and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in crushed tomatoes and transfer to a slow cooker set on low.
For the meatballs
3. In a medium bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Stir in remaining onion mixture. Shape into 2-in balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 F 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Add meatballs to slow-cooker and cook sauce and meatballs on low 5 hours.
4. Just before serving, stir Parmesan, basil, and cream into spaghetti and meatballs. Serve over noodles.
Yield: 8 servings.
Store in refrigerator up to 2 days.
Adapted from Cooks Country
1. Do all the prep for the S and M in the morning and let it cook all day according to instructions.
2. Make the Golden Garlic Herb bread, and keep warm.
3. If you’re making dessert, make the Flaky Pecan Snails now, according to instructions
4. Prepare the noodles in the afternoon, according to package instructions.
5. Throw together a green salad, add remaining ingredients to S and M according to recipe instructions, serve up, and enjoy!