Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs

Walking into the grocery store this past weekend, the front was decked out with "all american" cook out food.  Yum.  Unfortunately, hot dogs in the slow cooker was not something I wanted to try out.  Now before we start, I know spaghetti is traditionally a Italian dish rather than "american" but it was definitely a staple growing up in my mom's house...one of my all time favorites. With my mom's birthday this week and fourth of July the day after, I figured this would be a great week to make her homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs. :) 

Slow cooker Sunday's:
Spaghetti & Meatballs
8 hours cook time

1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk (I used skim)
fresh basil
olive oil
minced garlic
1 medium onion
1 large can tomato sauce
3 small cans tomato paste
2 small cans tomato paste (basil, garlic & oregano)
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
garlic powder
onion & herb seasoning

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of your slow cooker.  Add diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, garlic powder and onion & herb seasoning.  Stir and let simmer on low while preparing meatballs.

Put meat, milk, bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt & pepper, seasoning and diced basil in a large bowl with enough room for mixing.  
Mix together with your hands and roll into approx. 1 inch balls and set aside.

You might want to remove your rings for this because it can get a little messy.

Spaghetti sauce:
Add tomato sauce and all cans of tomato paste to slow cooker and stir.  You might need to season the sauce again.
Place meatballs on top of sauce and gently push them down into the sauce.  Use a spoon to cover the tops of the meatballs.  Be careful not to break them apart.
Cook on low for 6-8 hrs stirring occasionally.

I love mushrooms in my spaghetti sauce so I added some after about 4 hours.

This recipe makes a large amount so I was able to fill an entire large Tupperware which I put in the freezer for a lazy day.


Happy birthday, Mom!

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