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Slow-Cooker Meatballs

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Some days are just more difficult than others, turning dinner into a bothersome chore. Save the drama and put your slow cooker to good use with this comfort-food recipe that hits the spot — and makes enough for lunch tomorrow. The combination of parmesan cheese and homemade pasta sauce mingles together, resulting in a bowl of tastiness that's hard to resist.

Slow-Cooker Parmesan Meatballs and Noodles

From Sarah Lipoff, POPSUGAR Food


The longer the sauce and meatballs simmer, the more tender they become.

Slow-Cooker Meatballs


  1. For the meatballs:
    1 pound ground beef
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1 tablespoon chopped basil
    1 egg
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. For the sauce:
    1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups No Yolks® Extra Broad noodles
    Basil and parmesan, for serving


  1. Set the oven to broil; allow to preheat while making the meatballs.
  2. Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic, basil, egg, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl, making the meatball base.
  3. Line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil, then roll the balls into small golf-ball-shaped rounds and arrange on the pan, leaving a bit of room between meatballs.
  4. Broil the meatballs for 5 minutes, then flip, broiling for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the tops have browned.
  5. Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, water, red wine vinegar, sugar, and salt to a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into the base of your slow cooker.
  6. Nestle the meatballs in the sauce, then cover. Set your slow cooker to medium, and cook 6 to 8 hours. Crank the heat to high 30 minutes before serving, and add the egg noodles, stirring to cover all the pasta.
  7. Serve topped with additional parmesan cheese and basil.

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