I always preach that a little planning and a little work ahead of time really pays off. I go on and on giving you my advice on how to make meals that are stress free, how to have all the work done ahead of time and how it all really helps out on those super busy days we all have. Sometimes I even listen to myself and actually do as I say! Remember when we made these meatballs the other day? Well, it really did paid off when I could toss them (frozen! yes!!) right in the slow cooker with a couple ingredients and have a home-cooked made from scratch Italian meal on a day when we would normally end up at a drive through.
I actually love eating just the meatballs and sauce as my main dish with maybe a little veggie side and a tossed salad. And of course a nice helping of warm crusty bread is a must! For the family I usually cook up some pasta noodles and set out some fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
I know it’s super easy to open a jar of sauce and that’s something I do often. But there are also lots of reasons to make your own from scratch! It’s so much easier than you’d think and you don’t have to worry about sodium or sugar content because you are in control!
I love to add just the small amount of cream to the sauce since it cuts down the acidity a bit and gives the sauce a nice smooth texture. Give it try! See if you agree that making your own sauce is worth the few extra minutes!
- 1 recipe prepared cooked meatballs frozen is fine
- 1 can 28oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 can 8oz tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Put sauce ingredients (except for heavy cream) in slow cooker and stir to combine
- Add meatballs
- Cover and cook until heated through (meatballs are cooked so just need to warm food) about 2-4 hours on high or 4-8 hours on low depending if frozen
- Add cream and stir to combine
- Serve with pasta or as desired
I cooked these on high in my 4 quart slow cooker for 3 hours.