Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

The kids will love this quick, easy and fuss-free Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe – the perfect dish to serve up for a weeknight dinner! In fact you’ll love it more because it really is so simple!

This is an incredibly quick meal to throw together! The texture of the spaghetti is much like that of tinned spaghetti – which I don’t normally like – but I liked this meal, perhaps because it was just so super simple to prepare.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe

My hubby wasn’t much of a fan, but the kids absolutely loved it!

Slow cooker spaghetti recipe for fussy kids

The ingredients in this recipe are already made, so it’s basically just a matter of placing it all into the slow cooker and turning it on.

Simple meatball meal for busy families

It literally takes 5 minutes to pop everything in the slow cooker, and then I give it no more than 2 hours to bubble away. If you wanted to fancy it up, you could easily add some onions, garlic, or basil to the sauce.

Easy family slow cooker meal


Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 5


  • 500g beef meatballs
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 500g spaghetti
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 700g passata (tomato pasta sauce)


  1. Place meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. Pour beef stock over meatballs.
  3. Layer the spaghetti on the meatballs, and cross over to prevent lumping.
  4. Pour diced tomatoes and passata over the top.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  6. Remove lid and stir to combine all ingredients. Continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with crusty bread.


Break spaghetti to fit into slow cooker if necessary.

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Yvette August 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The timing of this is excellent! I bought my first CrockPot today and a spaghetti dish is a great start! Just a quick question, I know I’m not suppose to ‘underfill’ the slowcooker, so when I make exactly half of this recipe (I’m cooking for 2 adults and a toddler) will it be enough for the slowcooker?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Yvette, I haven’t cooked a meal that size in my slow cooker so am not entirely sure. I would be inclined to cook the recipe as is, and freeze the left-overs to give yourself an easy night in a few weeks time. If you do halve the recipe, let me know how you go 🙂 Kat x

elena August 24, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Bonjour i like your blog, I am italian so strange for me to see pasta cook like that..2 hours it’s really long ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Thanks for dropping by Elena! Yes, this pasta dish probably tastes very different to what you’re used to in your culture. I love fresh pasta too! This one ends up more like tinned spaghetti, but is fabulous for an easy mid-week dinner. Kat

Elena August 28, 2019 - 9:49 AM

I will try thank you

Bron August 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Hi Katrina, I am keen to try this recipe. In the picture is a jar of pasta sauce, but recipe states Passata. Just checking which to use. Thanks!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 3, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Hi Bron, you can use either option in this recipe. I used pasta sauce when making mine – only because I had some on hand – but I would probably use passata next time as there’s more sauce in the bottle and it’s more affordable. Hope this helps. Kat 🙂

Naomi February 1, 2020 - 3:06 PM

We gave this a go, but unfortunately it was not a winner for our family. The spaghetti became similar in texture (and taste) to tinned spaghetti, which the kids were not a fan of. It was quite bland as well, so if I could get the family to get over the “tin spaghetti” texture, I’d want to load up the dish with more herbs and spices to get some flavour in to it. I wish it was more successful, as it was super easy to throw together. Back to the drawing board!

Sharon August 7, 2020 - 7:21 PM

I tried this recipe yesterday. The flavour was good, however there is way too much spaghetti. About a quarter of 500g would be better. Once I took out the excess and added a bit more liquid it was great

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Thank you for the feedback Sharon – glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe after you made those few tweaks. Kat x

Rebecca Freeman October 4, 2020 - 1:48 PM

I have made this twice now first as per recipe but agree with the taste and texture of spaghetti. Second time I just doubled the amount of meatballs and just cooked the spaghetti on it’s own. Added the pasta into slow cooker for the last 10 mins . Will be making again loved it.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 7, 2020 - 9:14 AM

I am so happy that you’re enjoying this spaghetti and meatballs recipe Rebecca, and thank you for sharing what worked well for you 🙂

Leasl January 4, 2021 - 5:08 PM

Great thinking! I like that idea Rebecca!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:03 AM

I love it when everyone shares what works for them and it helps others! Kat x


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