By Impera_Magna on March 20, 2006
Photo by lazyme
Photo by lazyme
"This was one of those serendipitous happenings that continue to amaze/amuse me. My DS called me on a Wednesday evening around suppertime to ask if it would be alright to come visit for the weekend, bringing his boys. They would arrive Friday at suppertime. Since I knew that DD and her family would want to be included for dinner to give her more time to visit w/ her brother over the weekend... I suddenly went from "just me" for dinner to "eight" for dinner! What to fix at the last minute like this??? A while later I was reading the paper and came across this recipe in the food section and thought: AH HA! Dinner! I bought the ingredients after work on Thursday and, Friday morning, everything went into the crock pot (I made a double batch). When I got home after work, I made a salad, wrapped bakery Italian bread in foil to heat in the oven, and started the water boiling for the spaghetti. Everyone LOVED it, as I did too, and the leftovers were scarfed up by the grand kids the next day for lunch. Age ranges of diners were 18 months up to ... well, let's just say I'm a grandmother of five! This will definitely be a repeater at my house! (Recipe courtesy of B. Mills & A. Ross of "Desperation Dinners" column in the Raleigh NC News & Observer.)"
Serving Size: 1 (219 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"Very quick and easy! DH loved it, and we had leftovers the next night. One change I may make next time is to saute the onion before adding to the crock-pot, but it's definitely a keeper!"
"I loved how easy this was to throw together in the morning and come home to a house that smelled SO good! I did make just a couple of changes for my family's tastes. Instead of diced tomatoes I used a second can of Hunt's Traditional Spaghetti sauce and used onion powder instead of onion. We like our sauce a bit sweeter so I added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. My almost 3-year old twin granddaughters ate adult portions of this meal and everyone loved it!"
"Not sure what it was, but I did not find this anything but jar sauce with frozen meatballs. Other than having the meatballs already done for you, why not make the sauce from scratch. Guess I am an Italian at heart. Love the home made sauce! Just not my kind of recipe, sorry."
"AWESOME! :) This recipe is SO quick and SO yummy! DH loved it as did I. We're putting this into our regular rotation. It'd be a great one for company too! I followed exactly and wouldn't change a thing --- thank you so much for this keeper, it's a STAR!"
"Love this recipe, I use it time and time again with great results. Quick prep time is an added bonus."
"Wonderful and so easy! I used basil instead of Italian seaoning and added some mushrooms, sliced plus used fresh garlic. yummy and perfect at the end of the day! Thanks for sharing!"
"Yummy! Super club loved it and it was super easy. Doubled the recipe, added mushrooms. Don't buy italian seasoning so i made it up... it turned out fantastic, thank you soooo much!"
"Wow! The best pasta sauce I have ever had. Everyone agreed to always cook it this way from now on!"
"The sauce smelled amazing when we came home. I tried to use turkey italian sausage for a healthier spin- but it wasn't my favorite. Next time- I'll use meatballs. Thanks for the recipe!"
"This is my favorite super easy no fuss meal. Thanks a lot!!"
"I love crock pot cooking and spaghetti is great in the crock pot. I liked the simplicity of this meal and it tasted great too! I used recipe#69173 instead of frozen, otherwise followed recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us, its wonderful."
"AWESOME! It was so fast and easy and DELICIOUS! It did not last very long. I will definitely make again!"
"When I told my sister today that I was making spaghetti & meatballs in the crockpot with frozen meatballs she was shocked. The one recipe I'm known for is my made from scratch S+MB's that takes about the same amount of time but requires much more attention and many more steps to cook. Have to admit I was skeptical too. It was just too easy. Used Rosina's Italian Style Frozen Meatballs. Other than adding a few more meatballs than called for I followed the recipe as written. Smelled heavenly while cooking. Was delicate but hearty at the same time. Even though this was delicious as is I think I might try fresh minced garlic and just a touch of sugar next time to make it a little more like my own with much less effort. Used a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner for easy clean up. Thanks lazyme for a great recipe!"
"SUPER TASTY and SUPER EASY!. Was worried that this would be watery in the crockpot, but quite the contrary. I used Ragu chunky sauce and only had crushed tomatoes and it turned out absolutely delicious and chunky thick! The kids ate it up and more! Thanks soooo much for this. It's a keeper. Wouldn't change anything."
"Easy, takes no time to put together and tastes hearty enough for all! The only change we made was to add a tsp of basil and a splash of dry red wine. Tasted fabulous. Thanks for an easy recipe...and the leftovers are good too :)"
"Very good and very easy to make. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the onion. I used ragu spaghetti sauce. I only cooked this for four hours on low. We all really enjoyed this. What a great way to fix up a jar of ragu! This was so easy to throw together in the morning and I love that this is made with ingredients that I always have on hand. Will be made again."
"This is the second time I have made this sauce. I like the fact that it is so easy and quick to put together. It had a good flavor but was a bit tart for my taste. This time I added a 1/2 cup of wine and some sugar to sweeten it. Every ones taste is different when it comes to pasta sauce. Just a slight change and boy did we like it."
"Good spaghetti. And easy too. Some of our kids were coming over for the weekend and this was great to cook slowly all day until they showed up. Thanks Impera for a simple and tasty dish. Made for I Recommend tag game."
"I'm making this for the second time today. what a great recipe. I have made slight modifications, for my own taste, I use 3 cans diced tomato, and no sauce, as I prefer the "fresher" taste of the canned tomato., and I also use about 30 meatballs, or a whole lb, as 3/4lb doesn't seem like enough for 6 servings."
"Love these crock pot recipes! I often do sauce and meatballs in the crockpot, but you have taken it and enhanced the flavor one step more, by adding just a few simple ingredients. I used my MIL home canned spaghetti sauce, which is delish anyhow, followed your recipe and it came out even better if that is possible. Thank you so much, this will be a keeper. I did add a little sugar to the sauce for sweetness. Thanks for posting."