Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me pass on my family traditions.
Spaghetti has always held a special place in my heart. Even though my family is 100% Korean, growing up, my mom made a mean spaghetti sauce and my dad made some delicious homemade pasta. We still have a good laugh when we think about my full-blooded Italian childhood friend who told my mom that her spaghetti was better than any she had ever had. :)

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Well, today, times can be crazy busy and there isn't always time for homemade sauce or pasta. That's why it's nice to be able to turn to Ragu, who's variety of sauces are #SimmeredInTradition with no artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup and affordable prices. Read all about their story: a tradition that began in 1937 with Assunta.

My girls, especially Little Sis, just love pasta, too. But alas, their idea of delicious pasta is plain with butter and some Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. lol. and grrrrooooan... lots of carbs with very little protein. That's why every chance I get, I try to throw in some more UMPHF into their pasta meals. One of our favorite ways to do that is throwing meatballs in the mix. Everyone loves meatballs!! When time is short, frozen ones are thrown in some Ragu sauce, but when I have a little more time, I like to make my meatballs from scratch. Like these!

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Slow Cooker Meatballs
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
Sauce and Pasta:
2 jars (24 oz each) of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb pasta of choice
4 large fresh basil leaves, to garnish

Meatballs
1 lb ground pork
1 lb lean ground beef
2 large eggs
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatball and mix well. Using hands or large spoons, form meatballs, about 2 inches in diameter. Makes about 24 large meatballs.
2. (rev: 2/23/16) Wanted to add that you can either brown the meatballs in a pan with some cooking oil at this point or just skip it and go to the next step. I'm super lazy and just put raw meatballs straight into the crock pot. :) The end result will be a very moist, more tender meatball. But to each his/her own! :)
3. Pour 1 jar of sauce into slow cooker, place all the meatballs in sauce and then top with 2nd jar of sauce, making sure all the meatballs are covered.
4. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook until meatballs are cooked throughout, 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW, or until meatballs are cooked throughout. Leave slow cooker on Warm until ready to eat.
5. Cook pasta of choice per package directions and drain.
6. Serve pasta topped with meatballs and sauce, along with Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.

Serves 4-6.

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It's fun to pass down tradition, especially when you have a Little Sis who just loves to help in the kitchen, making pasta and eating it, too! I guess sometimes you just have to make time for homemade pasta. :) What traditions are you handing down?

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Here's another one I hope to hand down: wholesome and fun lunches for my girls. Or at least they can hopefully look back on their school lunches one day with fond memories. :) Ragu spaghetti sauce can also double as pizza sauce in these make-your-own-pizza lunchables!

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Lastly, got leftovers? Try them on a hot dog bun. They make the perfect sized meatball size for this mama's lunch! Can't decide which way I liked it better. Hmmmm....

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Be sure to visit Ragu to check out their story, their sauces and their recipes. With so many sauces to offer, which one would you love to try? I would love to hear from you!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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