Slow Cooker "Spaghetti-os"
So, I was asked to post this recipe by my instagram junkies who are getting tired of seeing all the home cooking I post. (Lol) It's the first time I've done a video in the new kitchen, and I'm practicing on how to best showcase recipes for the future; but I hope you enjoy the recipe & video. This is a super simple, low maintenance dish anyone with a crockpot can make. Serves 2-4, I would recommend doubling the recipe for a family of four if you want leftovers. :D
- 8 oz. pasta rings
- 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can/jar spaghetti or tomato sauce, 14 oz.
- 1/2 tsp. oregano, dried
- 1 tsp. italian seasoning
- 1 clove garlic, minced or chopped
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 lb. ground meat
- 1 tsp. basil, dry
- 2 tsp. Soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 c. breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning or garlic powder
- 1/2 -1 tsp. olive oil
- to taste salt, pepper, sugar
- Combine tomatoes, garlic, oregano, italian seasonings, and 1 tsp. salt in slow cooker. Turn on high for 1 hour. (Or if you prefer the vegetarian/plain version, leave on low for 5 hours to simmer the sauce). Check after the first hour to adjust taste by adding more seasoning and/or salt & sugar.
- If you're adding meat, prepare it close to the end of the first hour's cook time. To make meat balls: add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Grab a half/full handful of the meat mixture (Depending on what size you'd like) and shape into a ball. Place meatballs gently on top of the sauce, and reduce the heat to low for 4 hours. (*Note: you can add the meat or meatballs to the sauce at the beginning and let simmer on low for 5 hours if you don't have time to do it as a second step. I just like to adjust my sauce to get it perfect before adding in the meat.)
- After 4-5 hours of simmering, add the dry pasta rings. Let simmer on high for 30-60 minutes depending on your slow cooker, or when you feel the rings are to your liking. Serve with a sprinkling of cheese or black pepper, if desired.