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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Slow Cooker Meatballs {two meals in one!}

The kids and I spent the whole weekend at my parents house.  With wintry weather outside we spent all our time indoors, which of course meant lots of cooking and baking!  The little man LOVED it and I think spent 50% of his time sitting at the kitchen island helping Grandma.

Maybe a budding chef?

The recipe I'm sharing today is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes I feel I've passed on in a long time.  The slow cooker does all the work and it can be made into two meals.  The traditional way as spaghetti and meatballs and the most delicious meatball subs.  Both were equally satisfying.

Working moms, stay-at-home moms, single folks, every living, breathing soul on this planet, needs to try this one.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Meatball Subs
Slow Cooker Meatballs
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork or pork sausage
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. breadcrumbs
3 T. fresh parsley
1 egg, beaten
2 t. minced garlic
2 T. olive oil

28 oz. tomatoes, drained
28 oz. tomato puree
1 t. dried basil
1/4 t. crushed red pepper
1/2 t. salt

Combine meat ingredients and stir until just combined.  Form into 24 meatballs.  In a large slow cooker, combine all sauce ingredients, then add in meatballs.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

*If sauce seems a little thin when done, combine a little cornstarch and water to thicken*

Then divide up.  Eat half of the meatballs with pasta, then reheat a couple of days later and make meatball subs (sub rolls, provolone cheese, meatballs and sauce).

If you are a meal planner I've taken care of two meals for you!

Now tell me, who is going to try this one???

Would you like to comment?

  1. Me!!! I love slow cooker meals! We are a big spaghetti household so this will be perfect. I envision me making them on a cold, rainy weekend day!

  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)January 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I have bookmarked this one!!! I loooooove meatballs! Slow cooker? Even better!