Macaroni Meatballs in Minutes!


August 4, 2016

Macaroni Meatballs in Minutes! 5 0 5 2

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

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • 5 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins

  • Yields: 6


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


1The entire purpose of this meal is to make it in minutes.

2Sure you can make your own meatballs (I usually do) ... but this one is specifically for those days you literally have no time!


4For this recipe we are dealing with the raw, ready made meatballs that you can buy from the supermarket

5(in Notes below I will also explain the option of cooked, ready made meatballs in this recipe instead)


7Place raw meatballs directly into the slow cooker bowl

8Pour over pasta sauce

9DO NOT STIR - If you don't stir until the end of cooking time they won't fall apart.

10Leave to cook on low for approx 4hrs

11Stir gently to mix

12Add macaroni and boiling water and stir gently to combine

13Continue to cook on low for approx 30mins only or until pasta is cooked to your liking.

14Pasta 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

15If you dish dries out too much you can always add a splash more hot water

16Serve straight from the slow cooker with a scattering of grated cheese for a super easy dinner!


1You can also cook the pasta separately if you prefer and just stir it through at the end prior to serving

2You can also use ready cooked meatballs, just reduce cooking time to 2hrs on low instead



Submitted by Paulene Christie


3 Reviews

Tracey Davies

February 20, 2020

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

Mara Smith

March 29, 2018

Oh wow this is genuis


May 29, 2017

Yumm! If I can I’ll make my own meatballs next time so I can hide some vegetables in them.

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