Slow Cooker Recipe : Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe, Comfort Food Classic Eats

Bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs, sauce and meatballs cooked in a Crock Pot and served over noodles.

Big bowl of Spaghetti! — Meatballs and sauce cooked up in your Crock Pot and served over noodles.

Here is a Crock Pot recipe I have been making for years. It is called a “traditional” dish, but I find this to be just a bit different than your usual Spaghetti with red sauce.

The meatballs, made from scratch, are easy to make and taste very classic, but the sauce is more of a vegetable mix of aromatics including chopped carrots, celery, tomatoes, and onions with a little bit of tomato sauce in it (and a little wine too). Serve a big bowl of spaghetti along with a simple green salad on the side for a yummy Italian-style dinner. Made in your slow cooker, this cooks all day and starts to make you hungry, it smells so good!


Bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs, sauce and meatballs cooked in a Crock Pot and served over noodles.
Traditional Spaghetti 'n Meatballs for Crock Pot

Wonderfully old-fashioned comfort food made in your slow cooker. Serves the whole family!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Adapted by from the cookbook "Crockery Favorites" by Mable Hoffman
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 large Carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk Celery, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 8-ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans "Italian-Style" Diced Tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/4 cup dry Red Wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves (removed from stems and finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (or freshly ground Pepper)
  • 1 pound lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup seasoned dry Breadcrumbs (Italian Style)
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup whole Milk
PLUS (needed to complete your Spaghetti dish):
  • 1 pound dry Spaghetti Noodles
  • Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  1. Add all the sauce ingredients into your slow cooker and stir together well.

  2. Place all meatball ingredients (beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, milk) in a large bowl and combine together well, using your hands.

  3. Form meatballs (about 20 to 22 of them) by rolling meat mixture between the palms of your hands to create 1-½ inch balls.

  4. In your slow cooker, carefully place all the meatballs on top of your sauce - in a single layer to cover the top, if you can. (NOTE: I have a 5-quart Rival Crock-Pot, and the meatballs all fit in one layer if placed closely together).

  5. Cover and cook on LOW setting for about 7 to 8 hours.

  6. Cook spaghetti noodles and place in large pasta dish/platter. Spoon sauce and meatballs, as desired, over your cooked noodles.

  7. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Recipe Notes
  • If your Italian Sausage is in a casing, remove the casing and just use the meat inside.
  • Cook the amount of Spaghetti noodles you need for serving - or, just make the whole package and have some leftovers.
  • For best flavor, be sure to use fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated directly from the block of cheese over your Spaghetti and Meatballs dish. Yay!


Recipe for Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs, comfort food made in your Slow Cooker.

Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs, homemade comfort food made in your Slow Cooker. Oh my!

Enjoy the Eats! #yummy #recipe



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