Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
Bush’s<sup>®</sup> Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Bush’s® Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

"I loved the meatballs & the beans in the sauce," Sophie, 7-year-old from Indiana. This kid-friendly vegetable recipe was tested by families on BUSH'S® Beans Moms & Kids Panel.

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Recipe Details

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Servings: 8


  • 1 can (16 oz) BUSH'S® Garbanzo Beans, with liquid
  • For Meatballs:
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 lb reduced fat Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • For Sauce:
  • 4 cups baby spinach, washed
  • 2 canss (14.5 oz) unsalted diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 lb whole-wheat spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, as needed


  1. For the Meatballs: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium saute pan. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft and garlic is aromatic, approximately 15 minutes, let cool.
  2. Combine bread, egg, and milk in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, ground turkey, and turkey sausage. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees F. Form mixture into 2 -inch balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, do not let touch. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. For the Sauce: Put the spinach in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker.
  5. Pour both cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, garbanzo beans and cooked meatballs into the slow cooker.
  6. Cover and cook all ingredients on low for 8-10 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, boil a large pot of water. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain. Place a portion of spaghetti on each plate, top with sauce, meatballs, and grated parmesan cheese.