Macaroni Meatballs in Minutes!

A super easy ‘cheats’ version you can prepare in literally under 3 minutes

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Macaroni Meatballs in Minutes!

A super easy 'cheats' version you can prepare in literally under 3 minutes
3 from 1 vote
Serving: 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes


  • 2 pkts of 20 ready-made small meatballs (raw or cooked - see notes below in method)
  • 1 x 700g large pasta sauce
  • 250g uncooked macaroni
  • 1 and 1/4 cup boiling water


  • The entire purpose of this meal is to make it in minutes.
  • Sure you can make your own meatballs (I usually do) ... but this one is specifically for those days you literally have no time!
  • For this recipe we are dealing with the raw, ready made meatballs that you can buy from the supermarket
  • (in Notes below I will also explain the option of cooked, ready made meatballs in this recipe instead)
  • Place raw meatballs directly into the slow cooker bowl
  • Pour over pasta sauce
  • DO NOT STIR - If you don't stir until the end of cooking time they won't fall apart.
  • Leave to cook on low for approx 4hrs
  • Stir gently to mix
  • Add macaroni and boiling water and stir gently to combine
  • Continue to cook on low for approx 30mins only or until pasta is cooked to your liking.
  • Pasta will absorb much of the liquid in your dish - that's why we add extra water at this stage but the end dish will not be watery
  • If you dish dries out too much you can always add a splash more hot water
  • Serve straight from the slow cooker with a scattering of grated cheese for a super easy dinner!


  • You can also cook the pasta separately if you prefer and just stir it through at the end prior to serving
  • You can also use ready cooked meatballs, just reduce cooking time to 2hrs on low instead

6 thoughts on “Macaroni Meatballs in Minutes!”

  1. Meatball goodness! Followed recipe using store bought variety. Added grated tasty cheese 5 minutes from end of cooking time – perfection !

  2. Easy peasy budget friendly meal. I added 1-2tsp minced garlic and 1 can diced tomatoes ? with basil & oregano!
    Had leftovers slas well after feeding 5 so winner and full bellies all round ?

  3. Sanet van Rensburg

    I make this with homemade meatballs. Sadly, the end result was not as successful as what I was hoping for. Never the less, thank you, Paulene!

  4. 3 stars
    with sickness in the house I knew I needed something quick and easy to through together to make sure that my family was feed and this did not disappoint. The only thing I would change next time is I would use a different pasta sauce.

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