There is nothing spectacular about spaghetti and meatballs, but I’m posting this b/c (1.) this was a first for me…I’ve never made meatballs before! Don’t ask me why, it just seemed like it would be hard and time-consuming. However, that is so not true! (2.) It was so easy that I thought others might be interested.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I heart my crock-pot. I use it on a regular basis for homemade yogurt, oatmeal, chicken, apple butter, etc. It is such a no-fuss, no-mess time-saving kitchen appliance. (I could do an info-mercial!) So, when I got it in my head the other day that I wanted to make homemade meatballs to go with spaghetti and I found this crock-pot (or slow-cooker, whatever you like to call it) recipe, I was stoked.
Homemade Meatballs in the Crock Pot
1 pound lean ground beef *I used very lean beef from Sam’s Club – they have the best meat! It also keeps you from having nasty grease in your sauce
1 cup fresh bread crumbs *I used seasoned Panko b/c that’s what I had on hand – next time I’ll reduce the quantity however, so the meatballs are more “meaty”
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten *I used 1 T. milled flax seed with 3 T. water to replace the egg
But THIS is the best part….I threw the meatballs in with my spaghetti sauce (which has no recipe since it was a bunch of stuff I threw together) in the crock-pot. No pre-cooking required. Let it cook on high for 6 hours (it may have not been quite that long….I think I cut it off before 6 hours was up) and I ended up with a nice thick sauce with meatballs!! They cooked fine, held together well, and were not greasy at all (since I used very lean beef!). They were yummy and Mr. Terrible Two ate 2 servings!! Major feat around here.
I served it with this spinach salad. We’re not huge spinach fans, but this is a really good salad!
Probably b/c it has bacon, feta cheese, and toasted almonds! YUM!
We had these things to top our salad. The dressing is a super simple combo of mayo (made with olive oil), red wine vinegar and a little splenda. Somehow, it works when put all together. And I don’t even like mayo.
My 7 y/o’s plate….she had to have her meatball “on the side” 😛
So, go break out your crock-pot people! I’m getting ready to throw some chicken in mine. Don’t ask what I’m going to do with it however. I have no idea. Any suggestions?!