Easy Cheesy CHEATS Spaghetti Meatballs

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February 16, 2021

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yields: 4-6


24 ready made, raw meatballs

2 jars of pasta bake sauce **see notes**

500g packet of spaghetti (dry pasta)

1 cup of your favourite grated cheese (mozzarella, tasty, cheddar or pizza blend are great)


1Please note: This is a fast and easy meatballs meal intended for convenience! We have plenty of recipes here on our website for these made completely from scratch (both the meatballs and the pasta sauce). This one is ALL about convenience and to simply give everyone time guidelines for doing so πŸ™‚


1Place raw meatballs into slow cooker (see notes)

2Pour over pasta sauces (see notes)

3Cook on low for 4hrs.

4When nearing completion time cook pasta on stove top (or see notes)

5Gently remove the meatballs from slow cooker and set aside on a covered plate to keep warm.

6Stir through cooked pasta into the slow cooker to coat spaghetti well.

7Serve this sauce coated spaghetti on your plates and return meatballs to each plate

8Scatter with cheese & hey presto ... easy cheesy cheats spaghetti!


1Meatballs don’t need pre browning, just don’t stir them in first 2-3hrs then they’ll be firm after that and will stay formed perfectly and intact.

2I like to use PASTA BAKE sauce rather than straight spaghetti sauce, or one jar of each, as I find the pasta bake sauce a creamier end consistency that coats the spaghetti beautifully. I use Dolmio's Pasta Bake in 'Cheesy Pizza Style' flavour but you can choose any creamy, tomato based pasta bake sauce you prefer πŸ™‚ Or simply use regualar spaghetti sauce or passata if you wish.

3You may choose cook your spaghetti IN the slow cooker but it will absorb a lot of the cooking sauces, so when I did so I added two cups of hot water at time of adding pasta then gave it 45mins for pasta to cook through. I do prefer and recommend for best results though to use the pre cooked on the stove pasta though for the best saucy spaghetti meatballs πŸ™‚

Submitted by Paulene Christie


10 Reviews

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 11, 2022

You can choose one of our other 3000 recipes πŸ™‚
Or cook this on a non work day like a weekend


February 9, 2022

Just wondering how I’m meant to turn the slow cooker on at 2pm when I start work at 8:30…?? 😩 Turning it on at 5:30 doesn’t really work either!


July 12, 2021

Absolutely amazing
I used 2 jars of Leggos pasta bake (mozzarella) cooked for 4 hours and added cooked pasta in the last half hour .
I did have to add a splash of water as I think I put the pasta in to early .
End result was amazing
I will never cook spaghetti and meatballs any other way now πŸ˜‹

Arthur Gane

June 25, 2021

Made this last night. The sauce is amazing and the options of pasta bake flavours will make this a regular


June 22, 2021

Very quick and easy!
Love the suggestion to use pasta bake sauce!
A favorite in our house now to .

Lyn Douglass

May 22, 2021

Love this easy dinner idea. I did change things around a little but reading this recipe gave me the idea. As the day progressed I made changes in my mind & ended up with our dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe Pauline.


February 25, 2021

Had this for tea on Monday night. Was really delicious, first time using pasta bake sauce too and it worked super good with coating the spaghetti. 4 hours was also bang on! Will definitely make again and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a super delicious, easy and quick recipe!


February 25, 2021

Had this on Monday night for tea, was so bloody delicious πŸ˜‹
Easy and quick to prepare and quick to cook too 4 hours was bang on!
First time using pasta bake sauce for me too and it worked beautiful! Highly recommend as a must try recipe!

Veronica Hedger

February 16, 2021

This really is so quick , easy and delicious! If I have time I add sliced red capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms for extra veg!

Veronica Hedger

February 16, 2021

This really is a great quick and easy meal and delicious too! If I have time, I add some sliced red capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms for extra veg!

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