This requires two high quality ingredients for a super tasty meal with five minutes preparation. Just what we need on a busy weeknight or game watching weekend!
Tomorrow we’re celebrating my nephew’s 14th birthday and it’s also the long awaited battle between the Steelers and Cowboys. In our family, I’m the Steelers fan and everyone else is a Cowboys fan, ha! It’s one of the best rivalries in sports and it’s been eight long seasons since they last played so this is going to be good!
My nephew, John loves his pizza, meatballs and all things caveman-like. He’s a super fit kid who excels in karate, ball hockey, golf, rowing and on the slopes so he needs his protein. What better way for everyone to enjoy the day together than slow cooker meatballs?! Can’t wait till he tastes these!
(This is from a couple years ago. Being 14, he refuses to let me post his picture now, lol)
He’s so little in these next pics! I told him that as much as I miss those days the present is even more special because he has grown into such a responsible, caring young man. Happy Birthday, John! And don’t get mad at your Aunty for posting these, lol.
You can enjoy these on top of pasta, rice or in a bun. We’re also going to cook up some meatballs in the oven for those who don’t like tomato sauce so there will be lots of choices for everyone.
So the trick here is finding quality, frozen pre-cooked meatballs. This isn’t going to be a repeat dinner if you go with the cheaper ones and since you only need two ingredients, splurge a little. I get mine from Nicholyn Farms and after having theirs for the first time, I decided I didn’t need to make my own recipe – I was sold!
The other option is to use your own meatballs, of course. If they’re not frozen, just brown them up in a saucepan first and add your sauce.
Now, the marinara sauce. There are loads of great companies that make tasty marinara sauces with natural ingredients only so you’ll want to read your label carefully. Let’s keep this meal as healthy as possible. And once again, there is the option of using your own, of course. I have a delicious recipe from my talented cousin that you can try as well.
And you know I’m going to put this on Chickapea Pasta because I’m a huge fan and you totally rock the nutrition value when you include it in a meal.
What’s your go to easy meal on game days? Are your teenage boys cavemen too? Share your fun creations with me on Instagram using #simplyfreshdinners so I can share them with my readers. Cheers!
Easiest Slow Cooker MeatballsPrint Recipe
- 1 package of 24 frozen meatballs (beef or turkey)
- 2 28 ounce jars of organic marinara sauce . (This is the one I recommend http://bit.ly/2es5gwn)
- Handful of fresh basil
- Pasta, rice or whole gran sub buns
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray.
Pour one jar of marinara in the slow cooker. Place frozen meatballs in next. Top with second jar. This is a lot of sauce but it will ensure the meatballs are super tender at the end of the day.
Cover and set slow cooker on low for 8 hours. If cooking on high set for 4-5 hours.
Top with fresh basil and cheese. Serve with your choice of pasta, rice or sub buns.
Prep Time is 5 min. Cooking Time: