If you need an easy dinner idea, try Crock Pot Baked Pasta with Meatballs. It only has 4 ingredients and the crock pot does all the work for an amazing meal your family will love.
Crock Pot Baked Pasta with Meatballs
This crock pot recipe is perfect for any day of the week because the slow cooker makes it so easy! Toss it all in the crock pot before you leave for the day and come home to dinner waiting.
Serve it with a salad and you have a complete meal. It is so easy!
We make this meal all the time because the kids go crazy over it and it is simple and frugal. Throw in some garlic bread and you are set.
Learn how to freeze garlic bread. This is a great time saving tip plus saves you money too!
You don’t have to serve it with bread but we love to dip it in the spaghetti sauce. Yum!
Another tasty bread idea is Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe. Oh my those are so tasty if you have the extra time to make them.
What do I need to make for this all in the slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs?
I love that this recipe only has 4 ingredients – it is completely fool-proof! No fancy ingredients needed and there isn’t any time consuming prep work involved.
- Ziti or Rigatoni
- Spaghetti Sauce
Seriously that is all! It all blends together for such an amazing Italian flavor after being slow cooked all day.
It is perfect for busy weeks, family dinners and more. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.
How do I make Slow Cooker Pasta Bake with Meatballs?
Get your spaghetti sauce ready to pour in the crock pot.
Alternate 1/2 the pasta, meatballs and sauce.
Keep alternating sauce, noodles and meatballs until you have put all of the ingredients in the crock pot.
Add cheese and remaining pasta and meatballs and sauce. It is looking amazing already.
Top with Parmesan cheese right before you are ready to eat. I told you this recipe was so simple!
Can I put uncooked noodles in crock pot?
Yes! We love recipes like this because it cuts down on prep work and requires less pots and pans.
This is one of our favorite uncooked pasta crock pot recipes!
It is so much easier and less clean up.
Do you have to brown meatballs before putting in slow cooker?
No you do not. Toss everything in the crock pot and enjoy a great meal in a few hours.
This recipe is so easy and a great recipe for busy weeknights.
Crock Pot Penne and Meatballs is budget friendly!
This is one of those recipes that once you try it, you will put into your regular meal plan rotation. We love it, because we often get the ingredients for really cheap thanks to sales and coupons.
The great thing about this recipe is you can change the recipe to adapt to what you have on hand. You can use ground beef instead of the meatballs if you have that in your freezer.
You could also use ground turkey instead and your family will never notice the difference. You could toss in pepperonis or add in mushrooms for an even different flavor.
This pasta recipe can easily use Italian sausages. We also like to sometimes add a ricotta mixture to pasta dishes.
This truly is an awesome recipe and you can’t go wrong with more cheese on top. 🙂 It is such a great crockpot recipe!
It is really good with onions and green peppers. Save time and use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the veggies.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.
This delicious crockpot baked meatballs recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
Everyone loves this delicious dish so it is on our permanent menu plan rotation.
In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget.
Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable.
Plus, being able to toss everything in the crockpot means dinner is waiting and we are not tempted to get take out!
That really adds up and even more so if you have a big family like we do. Plus, take out is not always that fast and not always that great.
We try to keep quick recipes like this on hand for days we might be tempted to grab take out. Everyone is happy and my budget wins as well!
Make sure to have a good crockpot to make this Crock Pot Meatball Casserole.
If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Ninja cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that call for that.
It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.
I also really like this crockpot as well. I use this all the time and it’s great.
My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.
I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here.
Another favorite is this programmable crock pot for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!
I also have one of the casserole crock pot . It is perfect for casserole style slow cooker recipes like this one.
I bought mine on Amazon,and I love it. It is perfect for the Holidays and really year round.
Plus, it is just so pretty. We can still enjoy all our favorite casserole recipes without ever turning the oven on.
I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.
Print this Crock Pot Baked Pasta with Meatballs recipe below:
This Crock pot Baked Pasta with Meatballs recipe is tasty and takes minutes to toss in your crockpot. Slow cooker pasta bake with meatballs is so easy.
- 1 lb Ziti or Rigatoni
- (2) 24 oz jars Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 lb frozen pre-cooked Meatballs
- 2 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese for topping
Rinse pasta in warm water and allow to drain.
Pour ½ a jar of sauce on bottom of slow cooker.
Add ½ pasta.
Add ½ meatballs.
Add ½ jar sauce on top of meatballs.
Add 1 cup cheese.
Add remaining pasta, then remaining meatballs.
Add remaining Sauce, then cheese.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
Serve with Parmesan cheese and your favorite salad.
We have the perfect recipe for family dinner, parties, game day and more. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe is sweet and savory in every bite and so easy with just 4 ingredients.
Here are a few other delicious Italian dinner ideas:
- 20 Minute Dinner – Creamy Chicken Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes!
- Easy Pasta Bake
- Crockpot Chicken and Zucchini
- Crockpot Italian Pork Chop Dinner
- Italian Chicken Soup in the crockpot
Try these other easy crock pot recipes:
- Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing Recipe
- Crockpot Hamburger Helper Recipe
- Crock pot Ranch Pork Chops
- Mississippi Pot Roast
- Crock Pot Street Tacos
- Crock Pot Street Tacos
- The Best Crock Pot Roast Recipe
- Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Recipe
- Crockpot Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
- Slow Cooker: Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
- The Best Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe – only 3 ingredients
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