Sunday, October 28, 2012

Lazy Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs For Two

This recipe is not going to blow your mind. This recipe is not going to change the way you think about spaghetti and meatballs. This recipe WILL, however, get you through a lazy Sunday or that end of the week burnout when you don't want to cook but you know you really ought to feed yourself something that's not Jimmy Johns or a frozen pizza.

I have yet to find a good frozen, pre-made meatball. It takes about 20 minutes to assemble these guys and they are infinitely better than anything in the frozen section. Well worth the minimal effort.

You'll need: 
- 3/4 lb any ground meat (chicken, turkey, or lean ground beef)
-  1.5 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 rib celery
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup panko crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce

Calories will vary based on the meat you use, but unless you go full fat ground beef these are lean and healthy!

1) Rough chop the onion and celery, then toss them in a food processor with the garlic cloves and pulse until they're finely chopped.

2) Cook the onion, celery and garlic mixture in a large skillet coated with the olive oil until all are softened.

3) In a large bowl, crack the egg and whisk it. Add in the ground meat, panko and vegetable mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4) Pour about 1/3 to 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a slow cooker. Form the meatballs into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place in the slow cooker. Pour the remaining spaghetti sauce on top. Cook on low heat for about 6 hours.

5) Serve over cooked pasta. Whole grain if you want to be a good kid. Last time I made this I added my mock Olive Garden Italian salad and all was right with the world.

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