Easy-Peasy Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

So last week I made spaghetti and meatballs twice. And it was super easy and super yummy, so I thought I’d share with you. I didn’t get any pictures though, so you’ll just have to use your mind’s eye for this one.

1 can Hunt’s Traditional Spaghetti Sauce (About 26.5 oz. only $0.92 at Walmart, y’all)
1 can Great Value brand Italian Diced Tomatoes
1 12 oz can V8 juice, low sodium
1 lb. lean ground beef (I try to use nothing less than 90/10)
about 1/2 – 3/4 onion diced
about 1/4 – 1/2 green pepper diced
2-3 garlic cloves minced
1-2 Tbls Olive Oil
Generous sprinkling of Italian Seasoning (at least 2 tsp, up to 1 Tbls)
Salt and pepper to taste
Great Value brand Traditional Meatballs (frozen food section)
4 Quart Slow Cooker

You can use the crock pot or the stove for this easy recipe. I’ve been using the crock pot lately so I can just throw it on in the day when E is napping and then let it cook. For purposes of this recipe, I’m going to use the crock pot.

Whichever you choose, first brown the ground beef. Drain.

Put beef in slow cooker.

Then in same pan used to brown the beef, heat the olive oil and saute the onions, green pepper and garlic to just sweating and slightly translucent, we’re not caramelizing them here. Season with salt and pepper. Add this veggie mixture to the beef.

Get the can opener out and get to work on the sauce and the diced tomatoes and pour those into the crock pot. Now pop the top on the V8 and pour that in. Add your Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper and stir it all up to mix the beef and veg with the sauce.

It’s looking good, huh?

Now depending on the time you put this on, set it on low or high. If you need it to cook in 4 hours, then go for high. If you’re an early bird and it’s going to cook for 8 hours, well then low is the way to go. I’m usually getting around to this around 12 or 1 so I put it on high and let it go.

About an hour before you’re going to eat, add the meatballs. 1/4 to 1/2 the bag, depending on how many meatballs you feel like eating.

Serve with spaghetti noodles cooked al dente, garlic bread and salad.

Voila!

You’re a hero and have a warm hearty meal for your family that tastes like you slaved over it all day.

Bon Apetit!

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