Do you have a special birthday dinner that you request every year? Did your Mom or does your family ask you what you want for dinner on your special day? When I was growing up, Mom always made us whatever we requested for our birthdays. Cake, of course, was always included (I wanted some Duncan Hines lemon cake with some lemon frosting…Mmmmm) and then we had a birthday dinner.
Jarred sauce is alright by me
Cake mixes too
Crock Pot Spaghetti for the win
And because I am all about you busy Mommas and Dads out there, I wanted to share with you how I love to make this dish. Because it only uses ONE POT! Mmm Hmm, that’s right. One pot and 4 ingredients. I’m serious! Less dishes, less mess – count me in!
- 1 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
- 4 cups water vegetable or beef broth
- 1 16 oz (1 lb) box spaghetti
- 1 26 oz bag frozen meatballs (24 count)
- olive oil
- Optional sauce ingredients:
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil or 2-3 leaves, fresh basil, torn
- In a 6 quart slow cooker, pour in jarred spaghetti sauce.
Then add 4 cups of water. I just use the spaghetti jar and fill it up about one and half times to get 4 cups. Instead of water, try using vegetable broth or beef broth for a kick of flavor.
- Add in minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and basil.
- Break the spaghetti noodles in half and put in a large ziploc bag. Coat the spaghetti noodles with a drizzle of olive oil. Close the bag and gently move the noodles around until they are all coated. Then remove noodles from bag and put noodles on top of sauce mixture and gently push them down so they are slightly in the sauce. Then top with frozen meatballs. No need to stir these in. Just put them right on top.
- Cover and cook on low for about 2 hours (until noodles are soft and meatballs are heated through). Then give it all a gentle stir to combine and serve!
What I like about the digital slow cookers these days is after it's done cooking, it will automatically go to a warm setting. If you are gone from home all day, I really recommend a digital slow cooker with a warm (buffet) setting. That way you don't have to be home as soon as it's done. Also, I would recommend if you are going to be letting this stay warm after it is cooked, add about 1/2 cup more liquid to the sauce to the above recipe to keep it moist. Also, if you need to "revive" it a bit, just sprinkle a bit of water or broth to the mix and stir before serving.