I love the flavor of a meat based sauce and light soft meatballs. This is the best of both. I made the stove top version but like having the slow cooker version for busy days. Just prep the meatballs ahead of time. I mixed up the meatball mix first then put the sauce on to cook while I rolled the meatballs. The sauce was ready for the meatballs as soon as I was done. I like a bit thicker sauce so added a can of tomato paste but the sauce was delicious either way. Next time I may add a couple of sausage links too!
Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
From EatingWell: March/April 2012
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.
7 Reviews for Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
I have made this many times. I make it in a dutch oven instead of a crock pot. However making it in dutch oven, reduces the sauce so I double it and cook it at 350 for 2.5 hours. Comes out great
I'm italian and I NEVER see this recipe in my Country!
I used this recipe for my very first time ever making homemade spaghetti and meatballs and it turned out really yummy! My husband inhaled it and couldn't stop talking about how "high quality" the meal was. I used all ground turkey, half plain and half Italian sausage. I left the can of diced tomatoes out of the sauce and I didn't have any trouble with thin or runny sauce like one of the comments mentioned. I did add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce in at the end, because I wanted more sauce for the amount of meat. The flavors and level of seasoning were just perfect!
My husband made these for dinner tonight and they were great! We used ground chicken, sweet sausage and some hot sausage (all pork sausage). Highly recommend this!!